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Children are facing a time of change as they return to school

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown are unprecedented in modern times. As we start to see the easing of the social distancing measures, we will need to closely monitor the full impact these past several weeks have had on children and young people.

Children and young people’s experiences cover a wide spectrum.  For some, it will mostly have been a safe and enjoyable period; spending much more time than normal with their parents and siblings. For others, it will have been much more challenging and even traumatic. Those of us across the children’s workforce are used to supporting children and young people through the many challenges they face in life, but we are still finding our feet with the 'new normal' and the impact the pandemic has had on our lives.

In this edition of I CAN Communicate we have focused on transition periods and how we can support children who are returning to school, as well as those young people who will be changing schools in September.


From everyone here at I CAN we send our best wishes that you and your family continue to stay safe during this emergency.


Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of I CAN

Building understanding to support children through transitions

Head of Impact Louisa Reeves explores what impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on our children and how to identify early signs of anxiety and stress.

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Returning to School after Covid-19

I CAN's Speech and Language Advisor, Amanda Griffiths, considers transitions for children and young people following school closures due to Covid-19

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All being there for a child during a period of transition is key.

Children with any kind of additional educational needs are particularly vulnerable at a time of transition however, it is a team effort to help them through this tough time. I CAN's Director of Education Tom Pegler gives his insight into how we can support children through transition.

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Save Wednesday 25th November for this year's No Pens Day Wednesday

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Why use signing within early years settings

Signing can be a valuable way to help children with speech, language and communication development.  Specialist teacher Sarah Billingham at I CAN's Bill Harrison Assesment Centre shares her tips on supporting children to use signing.

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I CAN is supporting the Putting Children at the Heart of Recovery Campaign

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Using music can be a valuable tool in supporting children's speech, langauge and communication development.  I CAN and Creative futures project Sound Communities have recently updated their website with new resoures.

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Research Round Up – June 2020

The latest research concerning children and young people's speech, language and communication includes significant new reports on mental health services, SEND support in schools, early language development and Developmental Language Disorder.

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News & Notices

We are pleased to announce that the DfE funded Early Years SEND Partnership programme has been extended for another year. Both I CAN and The Communication Trust (TCT) will now continue to offer free training and support to all local authorities in the five English regions currently involved: East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside, North East and North West regions. Below are two training opportunities that you could consider.

Building understanding of speech, language and communications in early years.

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Developing a integrated speech, langauge and communication pathway

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