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Social Communication and Interaction (EY)


Social Communication and Interaction

Social communication refers to the way in which we use language with non-verbal communication (such as eye contact, gestures, facial expression) for social interaction. This includes sharing attention with others, playing with other people, responding, having a conversation, asking questions, sharing their ideas, showing how they feel, or asking someone to do something.

There are lots of reasons why a child may show some differences with social communication and interaction. Sometimes, these differences might be part of a child’s neurodiversity and may be connected to autism. There may also be a connection with sensory processing differences. Sensory processing describes the way we see, hear, feel, or notice different sensations and how we process this information to react to or respond to everyday experiences. This may look like strong sensory likes or dislikes, of noises, textures, lights, or smells.

What can I do top tips:

Top Tips for Social Communication v2

View complete list of top tips and resources

Visit our Talking Tunes webpage (Using songs and rhymes to create fun routines and help your child learn words)

  • If your child has difficulties in this area, you may want to explore the Sirona Autism Assessment Service webpages for more ideas, resources, plus information about social communication assessment.
  • Please visit Children’s Occupational Therapy webpages for advice on sensory processing and details of their telephone advice line.

More Information & Getting Help:

  • You can talk to us about your child’s speech and language development via our Early Years Telephone Advice Lines. 
  • You can find details of our advice lines, referral information or how to contact us on our Service page
  • To make a referral for autism assessment, please visit the Autism Assessment Team Referral page
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