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Early Years SEN toolkit - Communication and interaction

Activities, strategies and resources for children with communication and interaction needs.


Activities and strategies to help a child communicate.

Speech and language resources

Communication Station - a resource of speech and language therapy videos made by NHS elect.

The Children’s Speech and language therapy – Oxfordshire NHS covers all areas of speech, language and social communication development. In addition, it has activities and resources relevant to the age and communication needs of the child.

Communication resources

Knowing a child’s stage of communication (pdf format, 117Kb) is helpful for children with social communication difficulties.

Speech and language therapy referrals

Information to include when making a referral for speech and language therapy.

General resources

The Council for Disabled Children (early support) produces information resources about a variety of needs including:

The Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) supports practitioners to learn more about special educational needs and the best ways of supporting children.

The Autism Education Trust has produced Autism Standards and Competency framework to help settings to evaluate their practice. These contain useful resources and strategies.