Language is the fundamantal life skill - the building block for literacy and learning, the basic tool for building social relationships and moving through life. Children who struggle with speech and language often become deeply frustrated, leading them to become isolated and withdrawn. They are likely to find it difficult to engage at school or with their teachers and peers and are therefore likely to be bullied and in the long-term, likely to struggle achieving academically and maintaining relationships.
I CAN is the UK children's communication charity. I CAN persues a vision of the world where all children struggling with speech and language receive the help they need to fulfil their potential. I CAN's mission is to ensure that no child who struggles to communicate is left out or left behind.
I CAN offers a free Enquiry Service for parents and practitioners concerned about a child's speech, language and communication and for anyone wanting to know more about the typical developmental stages of speech and language. The charity runs two specialist schools for children with the most severe and complex speech, language and communication needs. They also train teachers and teaching assistants in mainstream settings to help identify and address children's communication difficulties. Our work with practitioners in mainstream schools help children make progress and enables their long-term academic and personal success. For more information on I CAN's work, please visit: http://www.ican.org.uk/