Social Communication

Welcome to our Social Communication resources part of our Speech and Language Therapy website. We have a range of strategy sheets, websites and videos to recommend to you. If your child has social communication or interaction difficulties or autism, these are the resources for you – pick and choose those that sound most suitable for your child. If you need support, please phone the advice line to ask for guidance from a therapist about which strategies to focus on first.

Social communication

Social Interaction

Play

Accessing learning and coping with change

Online resources available to support with social communication

Online resources about autism

  • www.autism.org.uk - National Autistic Society
  • www.scerts.com – a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children and persons with ASD and related disabilities, and their families.
  • The Ambitious about Autism toolkit is a downloadable booklet we recommend looking at if you think your child has autism, if they have recently been diagnosed, if you want to find out more about Education, Health and Care Plans or if you want to find out more about what Autism is https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/information-about-autism/early-years/parent-toolkit

More Than Words

The Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) Service run ‘More Than Words’ courses on a termly basis and invite families known to the SLT Service. You will need to complete a referral form from our website or speak to a Health Professional about getting a referral for a SLT screening clinic. If the therapist decides that ‘More Than Words’ is the appropriate intervention for your child, they will be placed on a waiting list for this intervention. To give you more information about this course:

A ‘More Than Words’ course is a series of workshops for the parents/carers of preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties. These workshops are designed to show parents/carers how to turn everyday activities into opportunities for promoting interaction and communication skills. The course also includes individualised sessions with you and your child at home. While you wait for your course, please visit the Hanen website (www.hanen.org), watch the Hanen YouTube videos and access the strategy sheets on this webpage. You can also access advice linked to your child’s needs by phoning the SLT advice line where a therapist will phone you back to listen to your concerns and provide information about which strategies to focus on while you wait for a course.