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I CAN, the children’s communication charity, (UK Registered charity 21003)
What to expect
Where will my child be seen?
Initial assessment appointments generally take place in the clinic. Following this, follow up assessment/therapy can be provided in a variety of settings.
This is decided according to service guidelines and depends on where the child is most likely to reach their full potential. This might be in your home, the clinic or in school/nursery.
What should I expect the first time I go to see the Speech and Language Therapist?
You may be sent a questionnaire to bring with you to your first appointment. This will help the Speech and Language Therapist gather some information about your child.
The therapist will ask you questions about your child’s development and we will assess your child’s speech, language and communication skills.
This could be through observations, play and/or formal assessment. We will the outcome of the assessment with you.
What happens after my first appointment?
Following assessment a decision will be made about appropriate intervention for your child. Intervention may be direct e.g. 1:1 therapy, group work, coaching, or indirect e.g. advice and strategies, a programme, training.
The type of treatment will be decided according to your child’s needs and will be discussed with you. You will receive a copy of the report detailing assessment findings and recommendations.
School age children and young people
Parents / carers / young people
Training for professionals
Our Speech and Language Therapy Team are able to offer evidence based and tailored training packages for staff working to support children’s speech, language and communication development.
Each of our training packages offer practical advice and strategies that can be utilised to support the development of speech, language and communication skills at a universal and targeted level.
To find out more, check out our Training Menu below:
All Primary Schools across Leigh and Wigan are being invited to nominate a member of staff to join our Communication Champion Network.
This is a new initiative which aims to develop our partnership working with schools.
A Communication Champion will usually be a Teaching Assistant who has an interest in Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in children and who wishes to further their knowledge and skills.
Depending on your school, it would be possible to nominate a staff member with an alternative role such as learning mentor, however our training will be targeted towards staff who are working directly with the children in small groups or individually.
The Communication Champion will then act as a resource for other colleagues in delivering targeted interventions in school for children with SLCN.
The Communication Champion would not be expected to undertake a coordination role in school or to deliver all targeted interventions for SLCN in the school.
The core of the offer to the Communication Champion is the chance to attend a termly Cluster Meeting.
The meetings would be held across three areas to reduce travel time. The meetings will be in school time (1 – 3pm). We plan to roll out the first meetings during the Spring Term.
The Cluster Meeting will be free of charge and will include:
- Training on specific areas of SLCN with practical application
- Sharing of resources
- Sharing of ideas, particularly those ‘Glimpses of Brilliance!’
Possible training topics:
- Vocabulary development (key stage 1/key stage 2)
- Narrative approaches to developing language skills
- Speech development and phonological awareness
- Blank Model of Language Development
- Social communication skills
- Supporting Active Listening Programmes
Communication Champions training session feedback:
“The whole meeting was relevant, informative and very enjoyable”
“Good ideas for resources and games and will adapt some of them for Y6 children. Thank you”
“Able to talk to and get advice from others”
“Great ideas and very helpful to know developmental stages and what to expect when. Thanks so much”
“The activities were enjoyable, especially the sound train which I will be using and is relevant to my role in class”
“Lots of useful information to take back to school and share with others”
“All very relevant to my role in Reception”
“I feel this meeting has been very thorough and lots of helpful tips that can help me do things more confidently”
“Great session, informative with things that can be implemented at setting”
“Thoroughly enjoyed it today, looking forward to the next one”
If you would like to participate in the Communication Champion Network, could you please select a suitable member of staff with an interest in this area and who welcomes further skills development.
This member of staff will then be required to register using the attached form.
Re-registration will occur each Autumn Term.
Please see the information sheet as a quick guide for any potential Communication Champions as to what is involved.
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- Talking point: information on all aspects of children’s communication, including a useful progress tracker to map your child’s development.
- Communication Trust: The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together we support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication
- Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
General Resources to encourage communication
- Embrace Wigan and Leigh is a user-led charity dedicated to helping people with any type of disability and their families who live, work or use services primarily within the borough of Wigan, gain the support they need to live a fulfilling life.
- Down’s Syndrome Association
- iCan Developmental Language Disorder information document
Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
www.socialthinking.com has some great resources and information for all ages on how to think socially, and therefore develop social skills through a better understanding of what people are thinking and why they act in the way they do.
Take a virtual tour of the Grand Arcade shopping centre in Wigan. The iRoam technology allows people to familiarise themselves with the shopping centre in advance of any visit and can really help to reduce anxiety. This may be particularly useful for people with autism.
Communication Aids (AAC)
1Voice is a user-led network and support group for children who use communication aids and their families.
Communication Matters provides information and resources for professionals and families and people with limited natural speech.
Communication Trust activities great ideas for activities parents & carers can do with their children.
Social Stories help children understand social and new situations.