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Communication and Interaction

Communication and Interaction

Communication is fundamental to a child’s development. The ability to communicate and interact with others is essential for children to learn, play and develop friendships. At Chawson we are committed to supporting children’s development of communication and interaction skills.

Some children experience difficulties with communicating and interacting with others. They may experience difficulties with one or more of the following:  

  • Understanding what others are saying
  • Using words to express themselves
  • Listening and paying attention
  • Interacting with other children (social skills)
  • Pronouncing words
  • Speaking fluently (stammering)

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are also supported with communication and interaction.


How do we support it?

At Chawson we support children’s communication and interaction needs in a number of ways as they are a key component of children’s development and the need to communicate effectively is paramount.

A Language Link screening assessment is used to check the language skills of all children in Reception. This screening process is carried out to identify children who need support with their communication and interaction skills. 

High Quality Teaching

The high quality teaching at Chawson First School promotes communication and interaction development.  Some children have mild communication difficulties that can be supported through high quality teaching in class.

Many of our staff members have completed training courses in language and communication support (e.g. Communication TA training). We also have regular visits from our Speech and Language Therapist (Alexis Crabtree) to support the pupils that she works with, as well as set new targets. 


What can you do at home?

If you think your child might need help with their communication and interaction needs at home you can support them in the following ways:

  • Emphasising key words or phrases when speaking to them
  • Ensuring that attention is gained before asking questions or giving instructions
  • Use their name to gain their attention
  • Using non-verbal means of communication e.g. gestures (nodding/ shaking head), picture cards (for daily routines)
  • Engage the child in joint activities that they have an interest in
  • Follow the child lead, rather than directing them, this will make them more likely to engage in the activity