I CAN is the children’s communication charity. We are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.
Our vision is a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential. Our mission is that no child should be left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding.
Who to contact
Where to go
- I CAN
Unit 31, Angel Gate (Gate 5)
- EC1V 2PT
- I CAN provides free and paid-for resources to support children's communication.
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Language is the fundamental life skill, essential for all learning, for making friends and for life. But nearly one and a half million children have severe communication difficulties, and in some areas over half of children start school with delayed language. Often unidentified, and therefore with no support, children with communication difficulties will find life hard.
I CAN runs two special schools for those children with the most severe communication difficulties; and our training, information and programmes reach many more children and families across the UK. With our support, children with communication difficulties of all ages learn, achieve, make friends, enjoy life and go on to make a successful, independent transition into adulthood.
Children with the more severe and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) benefit directly from I CAN’s help through our two ‘outstanding’ specialist schools. Meath and Dawn House Schools are centres of excellence for pupils with language disorder, high functioning Autism and associated difficulties. The schools provide high quality care, education and therapy to help children and young people aged 4-19 fulfil their potential.
Ages and Stages of Development Poster - shows ages and stages of children's communication development - free PDF download or can be purchased here
Small Talk booklet - tips to help children with their communication - free PDF download or can be purchased here
Top Techniques poster - tips to help children with their communication - free PDF download or can be purchased here
Universally Speaking booklets - detailed ages and stages of children's children communication - free PDF download or can be purchased here
Talking Point website link - free information about children's communication - https://ican.org.uk/i-cans-talking-point/
- Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11 to 16)
Early Years (0 to 5)
Primary (5 to 11)
- SEN Provision Type