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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Communication and Interaction Needs, including Autism

Communication and interaction needs may arise from speech delay, speech impairment, difficulties with expressive and receptive language, or social communication needs, including autism.



In this area of need, we:

  • Assess using language scales, Formative Footprints or the National Curriculum for Speaking and Listening. We make referrals to the NHS where required.
  • Set targets and plan opportunities for those targets to be met.
  • Deliver lessons or intervention programmes, including advice from NHS Speech and Language Therapists, Autism Outreach and Educational Psychology.
  • Review progress and plan next steps for each child.


We use signs and symbols from Widgit Online to enhance communication in our classroom routines and in learning tasks.



Useful websites: