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Communication & Interaction Difficulties

My child has communication and interaction difficulties.

What is it?

Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs 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.

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What does it look like?

Children may have:

A stammer

Difficulty expressing themselves and making themselves understood

Difficulty understanding language or following instructions

Lack of understanding of social situations

Lack of imagination

A diagnosis of Autism (ASD)

What can Percy Shurmer offer?

In liaison with class teachers and parents, the SENCo will support staff to provide the most appropriate level of support.

Support Menu

Universal Support for all children

  • Differentiation - teachers will adapt teaching and learning so that children can access the curriculum at their level.

  • Audit of the learning environment to ensure children have maximum access to the curriculum.

  • Dedicated and caring staff who have high ambitions and expectations for all children regardless of disability or needs.

  • Access to visual aids to support new vocabulary and new concepts.

  • Access to quiet environments.

  • Use of ICT to support teaching and learning.

Short term interventions

A range of assessments are used to determine children’s starting points and monitor their progress.

Academic Interventions

All children with physical and sensory needs have equal access to all interventions as stated in the cognition and support menu

Click here to see the range of academic interventions on offer

Speech and Language therapy (School based and NHS)

Teaching assistants and teachers work closely with our therapist to ensure children with speech and language needs are supported appropriately and receive targeted intervention. Interventions may be individual or group based.

Speaking and Listening clubs
After school clubs which focus on developing speech and listening skills through a wide range of extracurricular activities including cooking, gardening and drama.

Learning Mentor and Nurture Groups (need basis)
Our learning mentor provides support for children who have interaction difficulties or those children who just need a quiet place to be.

Nurture groups are small group work where students are in an accepting and warm environment which helps develop positive relationships with both teachers and peers.

Social Skills - lunchtime club
Small groups developing social awareness; including emotional intelligence, self esteem, expressive language skills, turn taking and appropriate behaviour in specific social situations.

SEND Sporting team

Children can join our SEND athletes and take part in a range of sporting fixtures throughout the year. This will support children in working as part of a team and allow them to develop their social skills. .

An intervention for EYFS and Y1 which assesses children’s speech and language skills and gives recommended strategies for intervention. Overseen by our speech and language therapist and delivered by our teaching assistants.

Communicate in Print (Widgit) 

Communicate in print is a specialist software which effectively translates written word into pictures and symbols which aids understanding.

Specialist provision

Communication and Autism team

The Communication and Autism Team work in schools to support children on the  Autistic Spectrum and its associated difficulties, including the reduction of stress and anxiety amongst children and families.

In addition, CAT help develop schools capacity to support these children and also support families through parent support groups, drop in sessions, Cygnet Training and Youth Groups.

Speech and Language Therapist (School based and NHS)

Children may be referred a speech and language therapist who can assess your child and recommend interventions and support.


Where children have significant language needs and difficulties we do have adults who use makaton to communicate with children.

Exam Access arrangements

Access arrangements are made for children who needs adaptations so they can access tests.