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Communication and Interaction Needs

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Speech, Language and Communication Needs


  • The Universally Available Guidance  Provision for Early Years; 

    Universally Available Provision to Supporting children and young people who have additional needs in mainstream schools and SEND Level Descriptors are used by staff in supporting the needs of all pupils with their additional 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 2023