Since 2008, we have been working on a special project in partnership with a number of Primary Schools in Oldham with children at Key Stage 2 (7-11 years) with behavioural / communication / learning difficulties in the area who are in mainstream education. Since 2011, we were grateful to receive funding from the Big Lottery towards our work with the Oldham community.
This work was independently monitored and evaluated by a leading academic researcher. You can download a summary report of the findings BIRD Research Study Summary 2012.
Overall, the research report concluded that academic performance improved beyond what would normally have been expected – whilst behaviour, communication and home life improved quite radically.
This work truly has the potential to change the way in which children are assisted at this most crucial developmental stage in life.
The Big Lottery funding has enabled us to recruit an Oldham-based Speech & Language Therapist to work more closely with Primary Schools in the Oldham area, along with our staff. As part of the support we offer to families – our Speech & Language Therapist runs Elklan accredited communication courses for parents of children with communication difficulties.