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Let's All Talk: Access to play, communication and learning is the result of collaboration between ICAN and ACE Centre North and aims to share information gathered through ACE Centre North’s Let’s All Play project. This work aims to provide information and support for professionals and parents of young children with a wide range of SLCN and improve the knowledge base for high-quality AAC provision.

Let's All Play was a two year project funded by the Big Lottery and delivered by ACE Centre North. This project aimed to find innovative ways to enable children with communication and physical disabilities to engage more fully in free and directed play activities.

Over the two years of the project ACE Centre North worked with 8 preschool children, their families, and professionals who support them to investigate the use of Assistive Technology to facilitate play opportunities. Participants have shared ideas and trialled resources in order to identify best practice in using Assistive Technology in the Early Years. We hope to help children with disabilities not only to participate, but to do so independently and enable children to control and direct objects and individuals in their environment.

Let’s All Talk brings together the ideas and practice to support individuals with complex physical and communication disabilities to access play, communication and learning. We hope to share these ideas and practices and illustrate some skill progression in using Assistive Technology, and demonstrate what can be achieved for the wider benefit of individuals who require Assistive Technology.

A big ‘Thank You’ goes to the children, their families and the professionals that have been involved in this project. They have been fantastic!

Let’s All Play was funded by The BIG Lottery Playful Ideas Programme.

Let’s All Talk: Access to play communication and learning has been developed with support from the DCSF and Becta. The aim of the funding is to improve services for children and young people within the AAC sector in response to ‘Better Communication’, the SLCN action plan. For more information go to: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/slcnaction/aacgrants.shtml

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