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Mary Hartshorne, Director of Outcomes and Information at I CAN, tells us about the complex relationship between speech, language and communication needs and mental health

Children and young people’s mental health is in the spotlight – a 70% increase in rates of depression and anxiety over the last 25 years, 20% of adolescents experience mental health difficulties. Given the scale of the problem, and the fact that a huge percentage of these are not getting the support they need it’s not surprising that the Government …

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Prevalence of Language Difficulties in Secondary Schools – did you know?

Maxine Burns, Lead Communication Advisor for I CAN, discusses the prevalence of language difficulties in secondary schools.   Ask an average secondary school teacher about delayed language development and they may understandably think that this is more of a primary school issue. After all, language development isn’t something that’s likely to have come up in their training and most Year …

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This month is technology month

The issue of children’s use of technology is one that we are often asked about and so this month we are sharing ideas and information about the crucial role technology can play in supporting children’s language development by creating new opportunities for interaction and engagement. Television, tablets, smart phones and computers all provide a wealth of activities for children to …

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at I CAN’s Meath School

Jessie Luckins, Senior Speech and Language Therapist and Aided Communication Coordinator at I CAN‘s Meath School, spoke to us about the importance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and how it works to aid and develop communication for pupils throughout the school. What is AAC? Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is anything that is used to help problems with speech, …

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I CAN’s Tracker Tool

At  I CAN our priority is to develop programmes that have an impact on children’s speech, language and communication. With this in mind we thoroughly pilot and evaluate all of our programmes to make sure they have an impact. However, we also continue to monitor our programmes after the pilot phase; this is to ensure they carry on being effective …

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