Communication and Interaction


Within the SEND code of practice, communication and interaction is defined as follows:

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‘Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communicating with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them, or they do not understand or use social rules of communication. The profile for every child with SLCN is different and their needs may change over time. They may have difficulty with one, some or all of the different aspects of speech, language or social communication at different times of their lives.’

Children and young people with ASD, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language, communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others. Communication and interaction needs could include:

  • Difficulties with producing or responding to expressive or receptive language
  • Ddifficulties uttering speech sounds
  • Difficulties understanding spoken and other communications from others
  • Difficulties with understanding age-related social conventions of interaction, such as turn-taking during conversations or appropriate level of physical contact during play


Useful Websites include:


Support for Speech and Language difficulties -

Information about Speech and Language Therapy for parents -

Support and information for Autism -

The National Autistic Society -



Communication and Interaction



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