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06 Sep 2019

Ollie’s story: identifying speech and language needs early

 “We were concerned about what the future held for our little boy. Would we ever hear his voice or hear him say mummy/daddy? How will he tell us what he wants and needs? How will he make friends? How will he learn?” At four years old, Ollie wasn’t talking in the same way as other children his age. He struggled ...

 


15 Jul 2019

Our visit to Meath School: Reflections from US Speech and Language students

A group of Speech-Language Pathology students from Florida State University spent a month at Meath School as part of their studies. They told us about their experiences at our special school for children with speech, language and communication needs. Meath School went above and beyond our expectations in every way. As students from the US, we were able to see ...

 


19 Jun 2019

Changing Playtimes at Meath School

Simon Elliott, Head of Therapies at Meath School, reports on how structured play sessions have benefited pupils with speech, language and communication needs. Play is a key vehicle for learning for all children, however, children with speech, language and communication needs may find unstructured play more challenging. For pupils at I CAN’s Meath School, playtime can mean struggling to understand ...

 


04 Apr 2019

Being an Intern at Meath School – Ceri’s Story

Ceri is one of the Undergraduate psychology students interning at I CAN’s Meath School. Here she gives a brief insight into the placement, and the impact of her experiences half way through her year. When I applied for the placement at Meath School, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I wanted experience of working with children and a ...

 


21 Mar 2019

Being an Intern at Meath School

Jack Takeda is one of the undergraduate psychology students interning at I CAN’s Meath School. Here he gives a brief insight into his first few months in the role and how it has already impacted his future career path.  My first reaction when visiting Meath School (back in October 2017) was quite literally “this is where I want to complete ...

 


20 Mar 2019

Speaking Up and Giving Back – Anthony’s Story

Anthony Hornby is one of our Meath and Dawn House alumni. His mother Liz Hornby tells us about the fantastic progress he has made in his speech and language, his marathon running and even his first steps into after-dinner speaking! In April 2017 Anthony took part in the London Marathon raising money for I CAN. Considering he’d never run a ...

 


06 Dec 2018

“It’s empowering her by giving her choices” – Claire’s Story

The Bill Harrison Assessment Service at I CAN gives parents and carers the key information they need to help their child with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). We spoke to one parent, Claire Keulen, about how the assessment has helped her daughter Nell and the progress she’s made as a result. Tell me a bit about your daughter Nell. ...

 


26 Nov 2018

The Bill Harrison Assessment Service: Giving Parents Clarity

The Bill Harrison Assessment Service in Ottershaw, Surrey offers multi-disciplinary assessment for children with communication difficulties. Assessment Centre Manager Sarah Billingham outlines the impact the centre has had on children with speech and language communication needs (SLCN).  The assessment service is accessed by families from a wide geographical area, many of whom have children with undiagnosed developmental delays or identified ...

 


15 Nov 2018

Meath Bonfire Night 2018

Hester Bouwer is a teacher at I CAN’s Meath School in Surrey. Here she tells us about this year’s annual Meath bonfire night and an unexpected but lovely encounter. On Sunday, 4 November, we had our annual Bonfire and fireworks evening at Meath School. It was a brilliant evening with approximately 700 visitors. On the night, I had the privilege ...

 


18 Oct 2018

“If you find communication difficult, you find life difficult” – Bob Reitemeier on DLD Awareness Day

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day is on Friday 19th October. In the run-up to this important occasion, we caught up with I CAN CEO Bob Reitemeier. We spoke about the condition, how we generate more awareness and the day itself. What is THE main issue for children living with DLD? A child with DLD will often speak in a ...

 


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