Kate Blog

Identifying SLCN early – Kate Freeman, I CAN’s Lead Advisor on the Early Development Programme

As a speech and language therapist of over 20 years and author of I CAN’s Early Talkers series, the importance of early identification of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is never far from my mind. Speech, language and communication skills are so important in our lives – they help us let people know what we want, understand what we need …

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Marshmallow Sky: A Play by Alan Dawson, Dawn House School

‘Marshmallow Sky’ is the second play about autism written by Alan Dawson. Alan works in the FE department at I CAN’s Dawn House School. The first play, ‘The Red Wot Was Fez’ was performed in a short tour of Mansfield, Worksop and Sheffield last year. The final performance was at The Blue Shed Theatre, Sheffield in November and all proceeds …

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Communication Ams Leamington Spa

Guest blog by Paula Poole, Communication Ambassador

My name is Paula Poole, a 31 year old mum of two. I first started to volunteer at my children’s school, when my daughter was in Year 1. I listened to readers to start with. Over the months I progressed into taking small groups for guided reading, which is when a group reads a book together and then talks about …

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Park Hall Students

Guest Blog From Dr Toby Close: Secondary Talk in action at Park Hall

After the recent arctic blast and enforced school closures that resulted in disruption and endless MetOffice website checking (just in case!), it was lovely to find myself back in the warm familiarity of our Wednesday morning teaching and learning training session. Every Wednesday, before the students arrive, in lieu of a tutor period, we run a teaching and learning Continued …

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Guest blog from National Childminding Association (NCMA): How childcare professionals can support children’s communication development

Children learn and develop in different ways but generally within certain stages of development at certain ages. Communication and language is a vital aspect underpinning children’s learning and development. Childcare professionals play a vital role in ensuring children learn how to communicate to the best of their ability. Childminders and nannies can work together with parents to support children and …

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