Communication and Interaction

Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communicating with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them or they do not understand or use social rules of communication. The profile for every child with SLCN is different and their needs may change over time. They may have difficulty with one, some or all of the different aspects of speech, language or social communication at different times of their lives.

Children and young people with Autism, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language, communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others.

Our Language Hub

Communication is an essential tool for life, opening up the gateway for both spoken and written interaction skills. At Westfield Primary Community School, we are committed to getting off to a flying start with developing communication skills in our Early Years, and so we have developed a Language Hub.                  

A set of carefully planned assessment tools enable our Early Years team to identify any language needs, and these are met through dedicated interventions and support, both as part of whole class provision and more targeted support within the Language Hub.

In addition to this, we have access to a dedicated speech and language therapist who, through discussions with staff and parents, can provide advice and signposting to supporting specific language needs.

Autism Champion

At Westfield Primary Community School, we recognise that we have an increasing number of pupils who have a diagnosis of autism or who are on the pathway for an autism assessment. In response, we have an Autism Champion in school who is an experienced member of staff and has worked closely with City of York Council’s Specialist Teaching Team to become a champion for autism support across school. She provides invaluable ‘on the ground’ support for staff and pupils, helping social/emotional support systems to be put in place in order to enable pupils to reach their potential. Our SENCo is also Level 2 Autism trained and provides ongoing training opportunities for staff throughout the academic year.


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