Communication and Interaction

ASC (ASD), SLCN, Speech, Language, Communication

Interaction can describe any process whereby the action of one participant influences the action of another participant. These participants do not have to be human, or even animate. … Communication is a specific form of interaction that involves an exchange of information. Again, we do not necessarily need human actors.

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Autistic Spectrum Condition.

The definition of autism has changed over the decades and could change in future years as we understand more. Some people feel the spectrum is too broad, arguing an autistic person with 24/7 support needs cannot be compared with a person who finds supermarket lights too bright. 




A developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour.
From the Greek AUTOS (self) and English ISM (making the word a noun)



The expression of, or the ability to, express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds.



The principal method of human communication, consisting of words used in a structured and conventional way and conveyed by speech, writing, or gesture.




The imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.



Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) encompasses a wide range of difficulties such as a speech delay, autism or Down’s syndrome.

Speech, language and communication are crucial for reading, learning in school, for socialising and making friends, and for understanding and controlling emotions or feelings.


Top Tip


Great care must be taken with attributing stereotypical behaviours to individuals with Autistic Spectrum Needs.  We under diagnose girls because they don’t struggle with the social aspects quite so much, making the assumption that because they have friends and can communicate with them that the other difficulties displayed are due to something else instead.

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