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Communication & Interaction

If your child has difficulties with Communication and Interaction, they may need support with:

  • Attention and listening skills
  • Understanding language
  • Using language
  • Speech sounds
  • Interacting with others in groups
  • Speaking fluently


       Your child may have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Downs Syndrome or have Speech and                       Language difficulties


        All pupils at St Nicholas are entitled to, and receive Inclusive Quality-First Teaching though a broad and balanced                    academic and social curriculum, which is appropriately differentiated to meet individual learner needs.

       This is achieved through:

  • Highly skilled teachers and well-trained support staff who are dedicated to your child’s academic, personal and social potential
  • Appropriate learning challenges, matched the National Curriculum guidelines


Differentiated learning challenges through:

    • Extending or reducing challenges
    • Varying the amount of adult or peer support given to complete the challenge
    • The way a learning challenge is delivered, completed and achieved. E.g. visually (looking), practically (doing), orally (speaking), aurally (listening).
    • Different resources to complete learning challenges
    • Different outcome of the challenge
  • Multi-sensory approach to learning challenges
  • Visual aids to support attention and listening skills, classroom organisation and language and concept development
  • Reward systems
  • Modelled language through repetition, emphasis and expansion
  • More thinking time
  • Writing slope boards, pencil grips and coloured overlays for reading
  • Appropriate seating plan
  • Talking partners & Peer support
  • Early identification of needs through a graduated approach to teaching and learning
  • Effective Accessibility, Anti-bullying, Behaviour Policy, Equalities, SEND & Inclusion and Teaching & Learning Policies



Additional Support

Your child may benefit from:

  • Information Carrying Word tasks to support receptive language
  • Speech sound support
  • Makaton sign language used alongside speech
  • Support for developing understanding and use of new vocabulary
  • Pre-teaching vocab/key facts support
  • Recordable devices for sequencing and memory
  • Organisation and independence support
  • Visual prompts for facial expressions and emotions
  • Access to quiet spaces
  • Use of Social Stories
  • Small group support using speech & Language programmes
  • In class adult support
  • Elklan’s Blank Level Questioning approach
  • Movement breaks
  • SALT support and advice


SEND Support

  • 1-1 speech sounds support
  • Small group or 1-1 support speech & language programme
  • Makaton sign language used alongside speech
  • ELKLAN resources
  • Pastoral Support
  • Lego Therapy
  • In class adult support
  • Technologies to support class work
  • Social Stories and Comic Strips
  • Movement breaks
  • Social communication & interaction skills support
  • Review, advice and support from specialists