Children’s communication charity wins award for innovation!

I CAN, the children’s communication charity, has been awarded the SLCN Innovation Award for its Talk about Talk programme at the Shine a Light awards ceremony in London, hosted by comedian David Baddiel, for its innovative approach in involving young people in various aspects of the training development.

The award winning programme, Talk about Talk was developed to provide training for organisations to improve their ability to identify and support young people with communication difficulties. Key to its development was the contribution of young people to aspects of the training.

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Mary Hartshorne, I CAN’s Director of Outcomes and Information said, ‘Being awarded for innovation is most encouraging news for us at I CAN. It’s great to have such prestigious recognition for our work as we continue to implement innovative ideas in response to the needs of young people with communication needs.

Glenn Major, I CAN Communication Advisor who worked with young people to develop the programme said; ‘We know the importance of a workforce able to identify the communication support needs young people may have. Talk about Talk was a powerful way of helping them to do this. By involving young people in developing and delivering workshops, the adults attending the training understood much more about the issues young people faced – and the best way to support them. This felt like a truly innovative way of working.’

I CAN continues to provide impact driven and evidence based programmes to equip practitioners in identifying and supporting children and young people with communication difficulties. This September the charity launched Early Talk Boost which aims to narrow the gap between 3-4 year olds with language delay and their peers.

The awards, held in London on Thursday 24th September are run by Pearson Assessment in partnership with The Communication Trust to honour individuals, teams, campaigns, communication friendly settings and communities that have excelled in their support of children and young people’s communication.

David Baddiel, Host of the 2015 Shine a Light Awards, said: “Because of the important work that the Shine a Light 2015 winners and highly commended finalists have achieved, children and young people’s language and communication development, especially for those with SLCN, has been supported.

“Speech and language problems too often go under the radar, so everyone should not only be congratulated for their work but for bringing this important issue to the attention of others. I would like to say well done to all those shortlisted who have shown true grit and determination to better themselves and others. They are all a true inspiration - keep up the good work.”

Chris Hall, Director of Clinical Assessment at Pearson, says: “Congratulations to I CAN for winning the SLCN Innovation Award at the 2015 Shine a Light Awards. Their commitment to young people’s communication has clearly had significant impact to many. Each year the applications get stronger and more inspiring. We have seen examples of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) being supported by some truly inspiring individuals, groups and organisations like I CAN.

“The Shine a Light Awards, now in their fourth year, continues to grow and we have been delighted to welcome an incredible judging panel who represent the very best of the education and special educational needs (SEN) sector. To once again partner with the Communication Trust and celebrate these inspiring people and organisations is a real privilege.”


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