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Welcome to the I CAN Press Office.

 

I CAN offer print, broadcast and online journalists:

  • information, resources, interviews, in-depth analysis and comment on children and young people's communication

Our expert spokespeople (including speech and language therapists and experienced teachers) can comment on a range of issues including:

  • children's speech and language development from birth to 19 years old;
  • speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and related special educational needs (SEN);
  • range of evidenced solutions for supporting children's communication;
  • national policy developments in children and young people's education including impacts for those with SLCN and other related topics.

For media enquiries please contact Emma Selim, Press and PR Manager, by email media@ican.org.uk or call 020 7843 2543.

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Date News
15.09.2014I Can Chatterbox Challenge 2015 Sing Along is now open for registrations
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, have today (Monday 15th September) launched their annual early years sing-a-long event, the Chatterbox Challenge. Now in its 14th year, the annual fundraiser in nurseries and early years setting across the UK for children under 5 is open for registrations from today.
11.09.2014Jon Snow and DJ Scott Mills support I CAN on BGC Charity Day 2014
Journalist Jon Snow and DJ Scott Mills are taking part in BGC Partners 10th annual Charity Day today (11th September 2014) to help raise money for I CAN, the children’s communication charity.
08.09.2014I CAN joins urgent national mission to improve UK children's language and literacy
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, welcomes the publication of a new report Read On. Get On. – How Reading Can Help Children Escape Poverty launched today (September 8th) by the Read On. Get On. Coalition. It marks the start of a national drive to ensure that, by 2025, every 11 year old is able to read well.
19.05.2014Success for I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge 2014 campaign
Chatterbox Challenge 2014, the annual fundraising and awareness-raising sing-along from I CAN, the children’s communication charity, has raised a huge £145,000 and over 158,000 children in nearly 4000 settings across the UK registered to take part. Thanks to sponsorship from Openreach and TTS, and the continued support of Humf from the hit Nick Jr. TV show, the funds raised will enable I CAN to help more children who struggle to communicate and express themselves.
04.04.2014 I CAN celebrates Shine a Light Successes
Individuals and teams of professionals working with I CAN, the children’s communication charity, have been honoured at the annual Shine a Light awards in London yesterday (Thursday 3rd April). The 2013/2014 Shine a Light Awards are a national awards scheme that celebrate innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development, run by Pearson Assessment in partnership with The Communication Trust.
01.04.2014I CAN's Dawn House Secures Outstanding Rating from Ofsted
I CAN’s Dawn House School has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating in their recent Ofsted report in all assessed areas. Dawn House School is a specialist school for children and young people aged 5-19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs and Asperger’s Syndrome run by I CAN, the children’s communication charity.
25.03.2014Talk Boost celebrates 2nd birthday and reaching over 10000 children
Talk Boost, the language intervention from I CAN, the children’s communication charity, and The Communication Trust is celebrating its second birthday this week (30th March). Since its launch in 2012, Talk Boost has reached over 1000 primary schools nationwide - training more than 1500 teachers and teaching assistants to support over 10,000 children aged 4 to 7 years with delayed language.
03.02.2014 I CAN welcomes Report on Achievement for All programme
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, has welcomed an independent report which demonstrates that the Achievement for All programme is having a positive impact on outcomes for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and for vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
22.01.2014HRH The Duchess of Cornwall hosts I CAN 125th Anniversary Gala at St. James's Palace in support of the Million Lost Voices Appeal
On Tuesday 21st January, I CAN, the children’s communication charity, held a Gala Concert event in honour of their 125th Anniversary and in support of the Million Lost Voices Appeal with Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall at St. James’s Palace.
09.12.2013An overview of key issues for SLCN in the Draft Special Education Needs Code of Practice
I CAN is part of The Communication Trust’s consortium and has fed into this response. The Communication Trust believes that that draft Code has been significantly improved from the indicative version published in March. In order to ensure that the needs of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and their families are met, we have suggested solutions under each of the areas that we feel could be improved. We would be delighted to work collaboratively with the Department to help implement these solutions and to ensure that the final Code meet the needs of the young people with SLCN and their families.
25.11.2013I CAN Celebrates its 125th Anniversary at Speakers House with Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP on 26 November 2013
I CAN, the children's communication charity, is celebrating its 125th Birthday on 26th November 2013 at Speaker's House in the Palace of Westminster. I CAN champions children's communication as the 21st century life skill. Life enhancing and transformational, language is the foundation on which children learn, achieve and make friends.
04.11.2013Activity pack for children, parents and teachers to ensure Year 6 pupils’ are ‘secondary ready’ launched today by I CAN
Moving On!, the new activity pack for children and teachers to support Year 6 pupils’ transition from primary to secondary school by effectively supporting their communication skills, has been launched today by I CAN, the children’s communication charity.
12.09.2013David Hasselhoff and Cerys Matthews support I CAN on BGC Charity Day
David Hasselhoff and Cerys Matthews took part in BGC Partners Annual Charity Day on 11th September 2013 to raise money for I CAN, the children’s communication charity.
02.09.2013I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge sing-along for under 5’s launches today
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, have today (Monday 2 September) launched their 13th Chatterbox Challenge event, the annual sing-along for children in early years settings across the UK.
30.08.2013Ofqual decision will impact children with speech, language and communication needs - The Communication Trust
Ofqual’s decision this week to stop speaking and listening assessments from counting towards final grades in GCSE English and English language will severely disadvantage students with recognised speech, language and communication needs, according to The Communication Trust and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).
13.05.2013Trailblazing Whole School Speech and Language Initiative Improves Pupil Outcomes at Primary
Children’s communication charity calls for A Chance to Talk model of commissioning speech and language support to be replicated across primary schools nationwide.
25.03.2013I CAN submission to the DfE consultation on Early Education and Childcare Staff Deployment
Response to the Department for Education's consultation on Early Education and Childcare Staff Deployment from I CAN, the children's communication charity.
22.03.2013I CAN launches third phase of its Million Lost Voices Appeal at reception to mark 125 years of helping vulnerable children
Children's communication charity I CAN, has launched the third and final phase of its ambitious Million Lost Voices Appeal at a reception at Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Salon. The event also marked the start of I CAN’s 125th Anniversary celebrations.
29.01.2013I CAN’s Response to government announcements on early education and childcare
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, welcomes the Minister’s comments on the need to professionalise the early years workforce through raising the entry level requirements for new staff and overhauling childcare qualifications.
27.12.2012I CAN Responds to Launch of Better Communication Research Programme
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, today (27th December 2012) welcomed the publication by the Department for Education (DfE) of the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP) report. This research is the most comprehensive research programme on children’s Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) ever undertaken in England.
19.12.2012I CAN’s response to Education Select Committee publication of report of pre-legislative scrutiny of SEN (special educational needs)
The children’s communication charity, I CAN, welcomes the publication today of the Education Select Committee’s report on the pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft SEN clauses of the Children and Families bill.
18.12.2012Students with communication difficulties speak to All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) at House of Lords on 17 December 2012
Two students from I CAN’s Dawn House School in Mansfield spoke to the prestigious All Party Parliamentary Group for Children yesterday (Monday 17th December) as part of their inquiry on the question Are children and young people getting the opportunities they want?. Dawn House is a specialist school for children and young people from 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) including Asperger’s Syndrome.
30.11.2012Choir of Children With Communication Difficulties to Share Stage with Royal Wedding Musicians on 13 December 2012
Local children with communication difficulties are looking forward to a Christmas concert with a difference in Ottershaw on Thursday 13 December 2012. They will share the stage with members of the London Chamber Orchestra (LCO) at a special concert in aid of I CAN’s Meath School.
28.11.2012Children’s Minister celebrates first ‘birthday’ of vital programme to boost children’s communication skills – the Early Language Development Programme
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Children and Families), Edward Timpson MP visited Stonegrove Children’s Centre in Edgware, Barnet, on Tuesday 27 November 2012 to celebrate the progress made by children and their families, thanks to the first year of the Early Language Development Programme.
26.11.2012I CAN SHOWCASE FLAGSHIP COMMUNICATION PROGRAMMES AT THE ACADEMIES SHOW
Leading communication charity focuses on improving communication skills in academy pupils aged 4-16 across the UK with Secondary Talk and Talk Boost. I CAN, the children’s communication charity, is profiling its flagship Secondary Talk programme and Talk Boost primary intervention for language delayed children at The Academies Show on 28th November - offering exclusive speech, language and communication bursaries and consultancy offers for academies across the UK.
23.11.2012Secondary Talk School Triumphs at Shine a Light Awards
An I CAN Secondary Talk school, Peacehaven Community School in East Sussex, has this week been awarded the Secondary School of the Year award at the prestigious Shine a Light 2012 Awards in honour of the school’s practices supporting young people’s speech, language and communication.
22.11.2012I CAN’s Dawn House School Highly Commended at National Awards
I CAN’s Dawn House School in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire has been highly commended at the Shine a Light Awards 2012 last night (Wednesday 21st November) for supporting young people’s communication.
20.11.2012Top Five Party Pursuits Reveal Kids Are Getting Back To Basics
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, today unveils the top five children’s party activities from a survey of 1500 UK parents of under-5s. It’s a list full of fun pursuits that build communication and social skills and encourage interaction with other kids:
27.09.2012I CAN welcomes AAC inclusion in Clinical Advisory Group’s recommendations for specialised services
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, along with colleagues from across the children’s communication sector, welcomes the Government’s decision to accept the recommendations of the Clinical Advisory Group for Prescribed Services – which includes that the commissioning of services for children requiring specialised Augmented and Alternative Communication services and equipment become a core responsibility of the NHS Commissioning Board from April 2013.
17.09.2012Humf joins children’s communication charity I CAN to launch Chatterbox Challenge 2013!
Children’s communication charity I CAN is proud to announce that it is partnering with loveable children’s brand Humf, from the hit Nick Jr. TV show, with continued support from long-term sponsor Openreach to make the 2013 Chatterbox Challenge even bigger than ever.
03.09.2012I CAN Response to Publication of Special Educational Needs Clauses in the Children and Families Bill
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, welcomes the publication of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) clauses of the Children and Families Bill today (Monday 3rd September).
17.07.2012Dawn House School students art work exhibited in the National Mall Galleries, London
Last week, two Year 11 students from Dawn House School had their work chosen to display in The Mall Galleries, London as part of the 10th Annual National Students Art Exhibition. The special school run by I CAN is for children aged 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
09.07.2012Gravesham schools celebrate improvements in pupils’ communication through A Chance to Talk
On 4 July, staff from eight Gravesham primary schools gathered at Raynehurst Primary School to celebrate their involvement in A Chance to Talk, a two year project that improves the speech, language and communication skills of all pupils and provides targeted support for those who need additional help.
06.07.2012Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) grant to help improve children’s language skills with Nuffield Language 4 Learning
I CAN, the children's communication charity, UCL (University College London) and the University of Sheffield have been awarded a £737,000 grant by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in its latest funding round. The grant will enable UCL and the University of Sheffield to test and evaluate Nuffield early language intervention (Nuffield L4L), a new programme to improve children's oral language skills in nursery and Reception year classes. 
06.07.2012Rt Hon Michael Gove MP visits I CAN’s Meath School
Today (Friday 6th July) Education Secretary Michael Gove MP visited I CAN’s Meath School in Ottershaw, Surrey to meet with pupils, parents and staff.
12.06.2012UK Dads are a nation of ‘Old Men’
A new poll this week found that the UK’s favourite nicknames for dads include ‘Old Man’, ‘Pop’ and the ‘Old Fella’. The top ten league-table was compiled by the charity initiative, Adopt a Word, which asked 1000 Brits to share their affectionate nicknames for their fathers.
01.06.2012Internet a Vital Resource for Early SLCN Identification
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, are advising parents to seek resources to better understand children’s special educational needs (SEN) following the Department for Education Support and Aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability - progress and next steps report.
21.05.2012Japanese Olympic Marathon runners join 100-strong I CAN team in Bupa London 10,000
Japanese Olympic Marathon runners, including Miss Yoshimi Ozaki, Miss Risa Shigetomo, Mr.Arata Fujiwara and Mr.Kentaro Nakamoto are joining a team of 100 runners competing in the BUPA London 10,000 on Sunday 27th May for I CAN, the children’s communication charity.
15.05.2012I CAN Response to Government’s report Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability – progress and next steps
The children’s communication charity, I CAN, welcome the publication today of the Government’s report Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability – progress and next steps.
02.05.2012I CAN response to media portrayal of Roy Hodgson
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, today expressed disappointment in the media’s portrayal of Roy Hodgson, new England Football Manager. His minor speech production difficulty, in saying ‘w’ instead of ‘r’ has formed the basis of many puns in newspaper headlines.
01.05.2012Staff and pupils at Dawn House School welcome Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council
On 17th April, staff and pupils at I CAN’s Dawn House School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire welcomed Councillor Keith Walker, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council and his Consort, Mrs. Inga Walker to receive a tour of the school. The special school run by I CAN is for children aged 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
29.03.2012Talk Boost intervention for language-delayed children launched at Cracking Communication Conference
Talk Boost, a new targeted and evidence-based intervention supporting language-delayed children in Reception and Key Stage 1 to make significant progress with their communication skills, was launched yesterday (Wednesday 28th March) at Cracking Communication Conference. Cracking Communication, hosted by The Communication Trust, was attended by over 100 school leaders and curriculum coordinators on how to meet the communication elements on the new Ofsted and National Curriculum frameworks.
28.03.2012I CAN welcomes the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, welcomes the publication of the new Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) announced yesterday (27 March 2012). The new framework places communication and language at the heart of the early years curriculum, cementing the important role that speech, language and communication plays in children’s development.
26.03.2012Meath School parent honoured for charity work being chosen as London 2012 torchbearer
Meath School parent honoured for charity work being chosen as London 2012 torchbearer.
12.03.2012Bladud The Pig said 'I CAN' run the Bath Half Marathon
Bladud the Pig, Bath City FC’s loved and respected club mascot, ran Sunday’s Bath Half Marathon in an impressive 3 hours 41 minutes and 19 seconds for children’s communication charity, I CAN.
05.03.2012Children asked to stay silent in school
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, are calling on primary schools across the UK to get involved in a fun and engaging Sponsored Silence.
28.02.2012Meath School children get ready set go for the first ever Communication Triathlon
Meath School children get ready, set, go! for the first ever Communication Triathlon
06.02.20121000th school to register for the Communication Triathlon chosen to receive visit from Paralympian
1000th school to register for the Communication Triathlon chosen to receive visit from London 2012 Paralympian
30.01.2012Business leaders and former Communication Champion join the board of children’s communication charity
Three outstanding individuals - Jean Gross CBE, Christopher Holder and Henry Grafton-Grattan - have joined I CAN’s Council of Trustees, the children’s communication charity announced today.
16.01.2012I CAN responds to the findings of Jean Gross CBE, the Communication Champion whose report is published today
“Despite progress, still too many gaps in support for 10% of children with communication difficulties” I CAN, the children’s communication charity, today expressed concern that there are still many gaps in the support available for more than a million children across the UK with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), despite recent advances.
03.01.2012Recession pressure means parents can’t prioritise time with children
Charity warns of a generation at risk, as 72% of Brits take on more work to make ends meet
31.12.2011I CAN Welcomes Honour for Champion of Children’s Speech, Language and Communication
I CAN is delighted that Jean Gross, the Communication Champion, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honour’s list. Jean Gross was appointed as the Communication Champion in 2009 following the Bercow review of children’s speech, language and communication.
20.12.2011I CAN welcomes the report of the Expert Panel on the National Curriculum
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, welcomes the report of the Expert Panel on the National Curriculum. This states clearly that oral language skills should be a strong feature of any new National Curriculum because of the links between language and attainment.
13.12.2011Choir of children with communication difficulties shared stage with Royal Wedding musicians
Local children with communication difficulties shared the stage at a Christmas concert with a difference in Ottershaw on Tuesday 13 December 2011. The London Chamber Orchestra (LCO) performed a Christmas Concert at Christ Church, to raise funds for I CAN's Meath School.
09.12.2011I CAN expresses concerns about Phonics Screening Check
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, has expressed its concern over the suitability of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check for the 1.2 million children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The results from the first round of screening have today been published by the Department for Education.
07.12.2011Choir of Children with Communication Difficulties to Share Stage with Royal Wedding Musicians
Local children with communication difficulties are looking forward to a Christmas concert with a difference in Ottershaw on Tuesday 13 December 2011. They will share the stage with members of the London Chamber Orchestra (LCO), who performed at the Royal Wedding in April, at a special concert in aid of I CAN’s Meath School.
29.11.2011Example gives an Exclusive interview to Raising Your Game’s Javid (16)
Leading singer and rapper Example gave an exclusive interview to a young people with from Mencap’s Raising Your Game project on Saturday November 26 at Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions.
24.11.2011I CAN'S DAWN HOUSE SCHOOL CELEBRATING FOLLOWING SHINE A LIGHT AWARDS
I CAN, the children’s communication charity and staff and students from I CAN’s Dawn House School in Mansfield are celebrating today, as the School was highly commended in the Shine a Light national campaign awards last night, in the Communication Friendly Award - Secondary Schools and Colleges Category. The special school run by I CAN is for children aged 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
18.11.2011Get ready, set, row! Children encouraged to chatter for charity sing-a-long
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, are launching their annual Chatterbox Challenge and calling for all UK nurseries, childminding groups, pre-schools and children’s groups to register and get involved in 2012! Chatterbox Challenge is a firm favourite in the calendar, and to get children ready for Summer 2012, this year’s theme is ‘Kids in Motion: Get active and make chatter matter’.
08.11.2011New investment in early language development to improve the life chances of the UK’s most disadvantaged “under 5s”
Children under 5 at risk of language delay will benefit from a new initiative involving children’s communication charity, I CAN. Impetus Trust, the UK pioneer of venture philanthropy, and leading education charity The Sutton Trust, announced today that I CAN is one of the first three organisations in which they have chosen to invest as part of their joint Early Years Initiative.
04.11.2011I CAN leads new consortium to boost children’s language skills
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, is delighted to be heading up the new Department for Education (DfE) funded Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) together with a strong consortium of partners: Action for Children, The Children’s Society, The Pre-School Learning Alliance, Elklan CIC and The Office for Public Sector Management.
03.11.2011Local primary wins visit from London 2012 hopeful with the Communication Triathlon
Children and staff from Percy Hedley School in Newcastle are getting ready for a visit from Liz Johnson, 100m Breaststroke gold medal winner at the 2008 Paralympic Games. The school were entered into a competition for taking part in the Communication Triathlon to win a visit from a London 2012 hopeful and Percy Hedley is one of two schools nationwide to receive this prize.
02.11.2011Local primary wins visit from London 2012 hopeful with the Communication Triathlon
Children and staff from St James’s Primary in Paisley are getting ready for a visit from Liz Johnson, 100m Breaststroke gold medal winner at the 2008 Paralympic Games. The school were entered into a competition for taking part in the Communication Triathlon and win a visit from a London 2012 hopeful and St James’s Primary is one of two schools nationwide to receive this prize.
17.10.2011Raising Your Game Wins a 2011 Young Partners Award
Raising Your Game has won a Young Partners Award 2011 in the National Category.
12.10.2011Local primary schools encourage talking in class for No Pens Day Wednesday
Students and staff from I CAN’s Meath School in Ottershaw, Darley Dene Infant School, The Grange Community Infant School and Sayes Court School in Addlestone will be putting down their pens on 19th October.
01.10.2011Primary schools across the UK are urged to register for the Communication Triathlon today!
With 300 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games, primary schools across the UK are being encouraged this month to register for the Communication Triathlon and join thousands of children and staff across the country who have already ‘exercised’ their speaking and listening skills.
30.09.2011I CAN's response to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)
I CAN welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation for the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). We are pleased to see many of the recommendations from the Tickell review taken forwards in this framework, in particular the continued focus on children’s speech, language and communication in the early years and the crucial role it plays in children’s development.
30.09.2011Project Helps Turn Around the Lives Of Young People at Risk of Offending in Leeds
Learning disability charity Mencap is launching the next phase in its ground-breaking project called Raising Your Game, at an event to be held at the Marriott Hotel, Leeds on Friday 25th November 2011, 10 am till 1pm. The event will be an opportunity to hear how Raising Your Game can benefit organisations that work with young people.
30.09.2011Raising your game nominated for a 2011 young partners award
The prestigious award ceremony from the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) is approaching fast and Raising Your Game could be the winners on Saturday 15 October 2011.
21.09.2011I CAN’s Dawn House School encourages talking in class for No Pens Day Wednesday
Students and staff from Dawn House School in Rainworth will be thinking about how they talk and listen to others by putting down their pens on Wednesday 28th September and getting involved in No Pens Day Wednesday, a brand new initiative from the Hello campaign (the national year of communication).
05.09.2011Twenty Twelve star runs for children’s communication charity in adidas Women’s 5K Challenge
Twenty Twelve star runs for children’s communication charity in adidas Women’s 5K Challenge
21.07.2011Chattering Children set a new record for Charity I CAN!
Thousands of children and adults are celebrating the news this week that they have helped to break a record as part of I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge. I CAN, the children’s communication charity, has received official confirmation that thanks to everyone across the UK who took part, it now holds the Guinness World RecordTM for the ‘Largest game of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in multiple venues’.
18.07.2011I CAN's response to Families in the Foundation Years and Supporting Families in the Foundation Years
I CAN welcomes the strong endorsement of the importance of child development in general, and early language development in particular, in the Supporting Families in the Foundation Years document. I CAN also welcomes the renewal of the Early Support Programme to offer support for families with disabled children.
15.07.2011Dawn House School students tour Olympic Park with the Communication Triathlon
Eight students and two staff members from Dawn House School in Rainworth, Mansfield, were treated to an exciting tour of the Olympic Park recently. Dawn House is a special school run by I CAN, the children’s communication charity, for children aged 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs.
12.07.2011I CAN's Dawn House School praised by Ofsted
I CAN’s Dawn House School has recently retained their ‘good’ rating in their Ofsted report and an ‘outstanding’ review in their boarding provision. The special school is run by I CAN, the children’s communication charity, for children aged 5 to 19 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
06.07.2011Response to revised EYFS
I CAN welcomes the news that the Government is set to accept many of Dame Clare Tickell’s recommendations in her review of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We are particularly pleased by the Government’s plans to introduce a check for 2-3 year olds to assess development including communication and language levels.
04.07.2011SLI Handbook is officially launched by I CAN and Afasic
Comprehensive handbook on Specific Language Impairment (SLI) officially launched for parents and families across the UK.
01.07.2011I CAN's response to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Green Paper
I CAN welcomes much of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Green Paper and its vision to improve outcomes for children and young people who are disabled or have SEN and minimise the adversarial nature of the current system for families.
28.06.2011One in ten young people lack language and communication skills needed for adulthood, warns new report
Urgent need for skills and support in secondary schools, says children’s communication charity.
22.06.2011Lost for Words, Lost for Life
Conference highlights persistent gaps in services for young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.
16.06.2011“The Fonz” comes to I CAN’s Meath School for popular Schools Tour
I CAN, the children’s communication charity’s Meath School in Ottershaw, Surrey has been chosen as one of the schools on the My Way! UK Schools Tour, with Henry Winkler OBE.
15.06.2011Lost for Words, Lost for Life
Conference on speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in older children and young people highlights gap in services.
31.05.2011I CAN urges families to keep chattering during National Family Week
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, are encouraging families to keep on chattering during National Family Week to help develop children’s speaking and listening skills.
16.05.2011I CAN launches new programme to improve the lives of young people in secondary schools across Plymouth
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, have launched Secondary Talk in Plymouth today, a new educational programme to help improve the academic achievements and behaviour of young people in secondary schools.
11.05.2011I CAN’s Meath School rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted
I CAN’s Meath School in Ottershaw, Surrey has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ for the second time by Ofsted. The special school is run by I CAN, the national children’s communication charity, for children aged 4 to 11 years with severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
30.03.2011I CAN responds to Dame Clare Tickell’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) review
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, welcomes Dame Clare Tickell’s review into the Early Years Foundation Stage and the review’s focus on language and communication development. I CAN knows that improving children’s communication in the early years improves their educational attainment, their ability to make friends and achieve their full potential.
23.03.2011Manchester Makes Chatter Matter
Children’s communication charity I CAN are working with NHS Manchester and Manchester children’s centres to help improve local children’s communication skills.
25.02.2011Parents continue to put their children first despite financial pressures
Over 77% of parents in the UK would reduce their spending on clothes and nights out rather than their children’s activities, including toys and birthday parties, according to a new survey published today to mark the tenth anniversary of Chatterbox Challenge, an annual mass sing-along activity for children aged 0-5, run by I CAN, the national children’s communication charity.
23.02.2011Join I CAN singing ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ at Nottingham’s Victoria Centre
I CAN, the children’s communication charity are coming to Victoria Centre, Nottingham, to sing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ into the record books!
11.02.2011I CAN sings Hello to the forthcoming Chatterbox Challenge event!
I CAN, the children’s communication charity, is gearing up for the exciting 2011 Chatterbox Challenge and calling on as many people as possible to register for our Guinness World Record.
03.02.2011I CAN response to Education Select Committee Report
Virginia Beardshaw, Chief Executive of communication charity I CAN, comments.
31.01.2011Communication myths put 1.2 million children’s futures at risk.
Communication myths put 1.2 million children’s futures at risk warns children’s communication charity I CAN.
27.01.2011Hull helps I CAN Make Chatter Matter!
Children’s communication charity I CAN are working with Hull City Council, NHS Hull and kids to help improve local children’s communication skills.
19.01.2011I CAN responds to Graham Allen’s Early Intervention Report
As the children’s communication charity, I CAN welcomes Graham Allen’s focus on speech and language as part of early intervention. I CAN believes that improving communication is key to achieving the report’s recommendations and should be at the heart of implementation.
02.12.2010Gruff-tacular Chatterbox Challenge launches today and celebrates its 10th Anniversary Year
I CAN, the national children’s communication charity, are launching their 10th Annual Chatterbox Challenge and are calling on all children, families, nursery staff and early years workers to register and get involved.
24.02.2010Make Chatter Matter pioneers I CAN celebrate The Communication Trust success
Children’s communication charity I CAN, has today warmly welcomed the announcement that The Communication Trust; a 38 strong consortium of third sector, private and voluntary organisations, will be managing and delivering a nation wide campaign focusing on the importance of children’s communication skills.