Communication and Interaction Needs

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 Box Time, Early Talk Boost and Talk Boost.
  •          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 October 2020