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In our guest blog this month, Amelia Wesley-Holley describes how the speech and language therapy service in Hackney have embraced the new Development Language Disorder term

DLD…Welcome to Hackney! It’s been a long time coming but we finally have an agreed term for Specific Language Impairment (SLI)/ Language Learning Impairment/ Language Disorder (…the list goes on). I, for one, am keen to run with it! Thankfully, my colleagues in Hackney’s Children’s Integrated Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service feel the same. The September release of the …

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Specialist approaches to support children with language disorder are used in I CAN’s Meath School

Buzzwords in I CAN‘s Meath school. Thirty years ago, in the depths of Leicestershire, an English teacher took a novel approach to teaching his class parts of grammar. Mr Copas arrived in my lesson with toilet rolls on a broom handle and proceeded to categorise words, writing them on the rolls as he went. As young eight year old children, with …

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More children reported with delayed language development: what help is available for families?

I wonder how many of us heaved a big sigh of relief when we heard the announcement a couple of weeks ago confirming that mandatory health visitor checks in the early years were to continue. It came at a time when we were still reflecting on evidence from the yearly survey of health visitors carried out by Institute of Health …

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Launching I CAN’s Chatterbox 2017

We are delighted to announce the official launch of Chatterbox 2017 – our annual early years event for children aged 0 – 5, which will kick off during the week of May 8th 2017. Chatterbox 2017 aims to raise awareness around the importance of good speech, language and communication for all children and we are calling on all early years …

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Heather Benjamin, head of Assessment Service and SENCo at I CAN’s Dawn House School, speaks to us about her role and how assessment works at the school

Dawn House School is a residential special school for children and young people (5-19) with speech and language disorder or Asperger’s syndrome and associated difficulties which impact on their educational, social and emotional development. Why are we assessing? And what to look for during assessment Children and young people of all ages come for assessment at Dawn House School – …

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