Pragmatic language intervention for children with autism

This pragmatic language intervention is a play-based intervention for children with autism. Children, paired with a typically developing peer, take part in 10 weekly clinic-based play sessions with play modelled by a therapist, video feedback and therapist-parent discussion. Parents are also trained in intervention to provide 10 manualised practice components at home, 1 component per week, focusing on social communication and play skills that are challenging for children with social difficulties

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  • Pragmatic language intervention for children with autism

    This pragmatic language intervention is a play-based intervention for children with autism. Children, paired with a typically developing peer, take part in 10 weekly clinic-based play sessions with play modelled by a therapist, video feedback and therapist-parent discussion. Parents are also trained in intervention to provide 10 manualised practice components at home, 1 component per week, focusing on social communication and play skills that are challenging for children with social difficulties

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • Hanen It Takes Two To Talk

    The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalised group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • Hanen More Than Words

    The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum. The program provides parents with tools, strategies and support to develop their child’s communication skills.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • TeaCHH

    This treatment was originally designed by the researchers in The University of North Carolina in 1966 by Eric Schopler (Schopler & Reichler, 1971) and aims to develop Autistic children’s communication skills alongside cognition, perception, imitation and motor skills (Eikeseth, 2009), though speech and language problems are not an intervention priority for TeaCCH.

    Evidence Rating: Indicative

  • Pre-school Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)

    Preschool Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) is an intervention programme designed to help the development of social communication and language skills of children aged 2-7 years who have autism, or a related social communication disorder. It can be used with non-verbal children as well as with children who are in the early stages of their language development.

  • Picture exchange communication system

    Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) was originally developed for children with autism to improve their communication skills (Bondy and Frost, 1994). It is specifically designed for the children to communicate with picture cards but with little or no spoken language and is a specific, manualised intervention.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • Makaton

    Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people communicate. Designed over forty years ago, it is aimed at adults and children with learning difficulties although it has been used more widely for children learning to speak. The signs and symbols can be used either as a main method of communication or as a way to support verbal communication and the development of early language.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • Thinking together

    Thinking together is a dialogue-based approach to the development of children's thinking and learning using talk as a tool for thinking. It connects the development of children's 'thinking skills' to the development of their communication skills and curriculum learning.

    Evidence Rating: Moderate

  • Social Use of Language Programme

    Developed by Wendy Rinaldi, the Social Use of Language Programme focuses on Social Communication Skills and Self/Other Awareness. It uses a multi-sensory approach and builds children's knowledge of what they know about social interaction (metacogntion) It aims to support children and adolescents to understand fully the skills being learned, before practising and using them in real-life situation

    Evidence Rating: Indicative