Communication and Interaction

Supporting Autism and SLCN

Communication and Interaction

The Communication & Interaction (C&I) Team consists of highly qualified and experienced Advisory Teachers, a Speech and Language Therapist, a Pre-5 Autism Specialist and Specialist Support Assistants. We offer support, advice and guidance for children and young people where Autism and/or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) is the primary need.

Who do we work with?

We work in partnership with educational settings from 0-25, as well as individual children and their families. Where possible this is in partnership with other agencies in education, health and social care.

What do we do?

We enable settings to provide best practice in educational provision for pupils with Autism and SLCN, including:

  • high quality teaching
  • targeted group interventions
  • individualised learning

We enable staff to meet the needs of pupils through whole-school development, consultancy and training. In collaboration with schools and other professionals, we support parents/carers through parent programmes for both Autism and Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Direct engagement with parents/carers is always facilitated in partnership with school staff.

How do I access the service?

Early Years settings

For Communication and Interaction Team support into an Early Years Setting, please use this modified C&I Early Years Request for Access form.

This will continue, whilst we review Early Years service models in partnership with Early Years consultants, Nursery Plus and the early Years Complex Needs teams.

Primary/Secondary settings

Support from the Communication and Interaction Team for school aged children (Reception onwards) continues via the newly established C&I advisory clinic model, forming part of a new triage process to requests for support.

Setting staff (SENCo) should now (from Nov 2021) use the new RfA (Request for Access) form.

This is used for access to all Babcock SEND support teams. This will then lead to a booking into a virtual C&I advisory clinic appointment (hosted via Microsoft TEAMs, video enabled) to discuss a specific child where Communication & Interaction (Autism and/or Speech Language and Communication Needs) has been identified as the Primary Need requiring advice/guidance.

You will be asked to submit:

  • Parent/carer consent (essential to proceed with advisory engagement)
  • School based plan
  • Graduated response tool – C&I assessment indicator section
  • Desired outcomes being sought from this request

The above will both inform, guide and support advisory advice offered.

Virtual clinics are held weekly throughout the term in 4 localities for school based staff only.

Advisory clinic attendance ONLY open to setting staff (SENCo and teacher/learning support staff) who’s attendance will support attendance, engagement and progress for CYP.

Please be mindful that there remains a limited availability to these C&I advisory clinics for our County wide settings to access. Where you might hold larger cohorts of C&I CYP with identified needs, please DO NOT block book clinic appointments. But instead discuss priorities with your locality C&I advisory teacher so access to C&I clinics remains for everyone.

Request for Access to Special Education Needs, Communication and Interaction Team Schools (Primary & Secondary) Advisory Service

AET professional development programmes

The AET is a partnership of a wide range of individuals and organisations focused on improving the education of children and young people with autism from the voluntary, public and private sectors. It also actively engages with young people, parents/carers and practitioners to inform its work.

Early Years professional development programme

Schools professional development programme

Post-16 professional development programme

SLCN (Speech, Language & Communication Needs) - Training programmes

A suite of modules available face to face or virtual training programmes and practical resources for practitioners and those working in mainstream and specialist schools.

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations.  Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.
Our service is based on evidence based standards and frameworks commissioned by the Communication Trust.

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