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PLCs – sharing knowledge and experience

Got something to share? I CAN Communication Advisor, Amanda Baxter, highlights the benefits of joining a professional learning community. There is a saying: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ recognising that parenting is a shared responsibility – a communal affair. A key part of I CAN’s Place strategy is that we believe it takes communities to enable children …

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Meath – A school for language

“But that can’t be mother, mother doesn’t have brown feet!” Said the little goat. A story about four baby goats and a wolf who wants to gobble them up. Don’t let anyone else in. If they don’t have white feet, they can’t be mother. A story to explain how passwords work. This is how my Tuesday at Meath School began; …

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Bringing provision to you – The Place Strategy

I CAN’s Director of Regional Development, Kate Freeman, reflects on the challenges local communities face and how we are improving the provision for children with speech, language and communication needs near you, via The Place Strategy. “Everybody fails in their first week at school.” …These were the words spoken to me as a newly qualified speech and language therapist when I …

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Bercow: building talking communities

Yesterday, I was on a train and I tuned into a lively conversation between a young mother and her two year old. They were a sharing a picture book, and Bella was guiding her mum through it pointing out what was going on, with mum commenting. Being a speech and language therapist, I sighed: “lovely contingent talk there”. As I …

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Returning home; giving back

I CAN Speech and Language Advisor, Maxine Burns reflects on her return home to empower her community with vital speech and language therapy training. A sense of community is so important. Whether in relation to work or outside of that, making connections with people makes the difference. Maybe it’s because I’m passionate about speech, language and communication (skills that underpin …

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