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Communication and Interaction Needs

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Speech, Language and Communication Needs


  • All teachers have received training and use the Newcastle Mainstream Guidance in supporting the needs of all pupils with communication and interaction needs.
  • A differentiated curriculum and resources including sensory equipment or access to the sensory room
  • Resources to reduce anxiety and promote emotional wellbeing as well as stimulating different senses eg. fiddle toy, stress ball.
  • Visual timetables to support children to understand what will happen and when
  • Makaton is used to support language
  • Now and Next boards
  • Individual work stations
  • Areas of low distraction
  • Support/ supervise children at time they feel most anxious or stressed e.g. break and lunch.
  • Social skills programme/support including strategies to enhance self-esteem e.g. social stories.
  • Small group targeted intervention programmes to pupils to improve skills in a variety of areas.
  • Within the Early Years, we offer small group intervention following Black Sheep interventions or Box Time. 
  • All staff encourages social interaction by providing a range of structured games during break times.
  • Small group or one-to-one support for developing pupil’s speech, language and communication following programmes of work provided by outside specialists such as speech and language therapists.
  • IT is used to reduce barriers to learning where possible.
  • Strategies/programmes to support speech and language development including specialists from outside of school.
  • Staff work with specialists from outside of school to support the children overcome barriers.


Updated September 2022