More than 1.4 million children in the UK have speech, language and communication needs. Even before Covid-19, a Government survey indicated that over 50% of parents didn't feel their children were being properly supported with their speech, language and communication needs in school. The son of our founder Silja, is one of these children. This has motivated her to create this programme with the support of a professional team, to help other families who children need specialist support.
Our vision is to establish the Cardinal Communication Programme throughout the UK, starting with our first location in London.
The money raised will be used to hire our first venue, recruit our special team of teachers and therapists, provide teaching and learning resources and support the business.
Due to the impact of Covid-19, students with speech,language and communication needs, will require this kind of specialist support more than ever. Unfortunately they don't fit the standard cookie cutter mold of our education system.
The group will run from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays over a term of 12 weeks for no more than 8 learners in the 7-13 year age group in London.
As with all our groups, it will be led by a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist and specialist teacher working together to provide holistic learning opportunities for each child.
Learning is fun and active. There will be sharing of news from the week which could be through words, pictures, videos or acting out, outside activities such as building a castle or a bridge, making lego, and playing games. Everyone will be involved in preparing lunch and eating together.
The activities will depend upon the group’s interests and skills. Communication is at the heart of each activity as well as the development of numeracy and literacy skills.
Admissions will be on the basis of providing support for those that will benefit from it most and learners will be grouped by age and stage.
Parents will be offered the opportunity to meet each other over coffee should they wish.