I CAN Speech and Language Assessment Services

What is an I CAN assessment?

I CAN carries out educational assessments for children aged 4 – 19 in two UK locations (3 year olds are seen when they are due to start school within 6 months of assessment)We assess children with a range of difficulties and specialise in children with speech, language and communication needs. This could include speech difficulties, social interaction difficulties, emotional and behaviour difficulties, learning difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, hearing impairments and more.  

The assessment services provide families, professionals or local authorities with a joined up picture of a child's needsIt describes the type of educational support needed so that the child can make the very best social and educational progress. The in depth recommendations can make a huge and timely difference to a child’s educational experience.  


"We thought it was a very thorough professional assessment and report. We haven’t experienced an assessment like it before and the information gained has been invaluable and will make a huge difference to all three of us." Parent

What do we offer?

Our inter-disciplinary team of experts includes speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, occupational therapists, and specialist school teachers. We offer either: 

  • A full two or three day multi-professional assessment which includes formal and informal assessment alongside observation within a specialist school classroom 
  • A half-day or full day modular assessment carried out by an educational psychologistspeech and language therapist, occupational therapist or specialist teacher in line with the child’s needs. These can be carried out at the Assessment Centre or at the child’s own school. 

Verbal feedback is given after the assessment and a detailed report and recommendations based on the child’s strengthsareas of need and barriers to learning follows within three working weeks. By using a range of assessment tools across multi professional disciplines, we can give a holistic and independent view of the child’s needs. 

The report is unbiased and describes the type of support that a child requires without naming providers. It is useful in providing credible evidence to help parents access local authority services as well as supporting local authorities to provide appropriate provision for children. 


Ages and locations?

Speech and language assessment services are available from I CAN to all children between the ages of 4-19. Assessments take place either at I CAN's Bill Harrison Assessment Centre in Surrey (4-11 years - older children may be assessed on request) or Dawn House in Nottinghamshire (4-19 years).

Assessments are carried out over two days and accommodation is available for children at Dawn House where appropriate.


How do I access the assessment centre? 

The assessment can be funded by parents/guardians or by local authorities.  

Prices vary depending on the type of assessment required. Please get in contact for up to date costs and more information. 

Independent assessment carried out at the child’s own school can also be arranged where appropriate following discussion with the assessment team. 

The assessment centre is open throughout school term time.  

Contact the Bill Harrison Assessment  Centre with Meath School, for enquiries about primary aged children in the south of the UK: 01932 872302 assessment@ican.org.uk
Contact the I CAN Centre with Dawn House School, for enquiries about secondary aged pupils or primary aged children in the north/Midlands: 01623 795361 or dawnhouse@ican.org.uk

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