Communication and Interaction


Communication and Interaction Needs:

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Speech, Language and Communication Needs

  • We use visual timetables when needed to support children to understand what will happen and when.
  • We provide areas with reduced distractions and low stimulus
  • We offer additional support during break and lunch time when appropriate.
  • We use social stories to help children learn how to approach different social situations.
  • We offer 1-1 or small group intervention.
  • We have a variety of resources available to use, depending on a child’s sensory difficulty. Eg wobble cushions, oral motor devices, isolation earphones, personal workstations.
  • Counselling sessions are available with our PSA for anxiety or anger
  • We run small group speech and language sessions.
  • We deliver speech and language workshops for parents.
  • We access the expertise and advice of the local authority Speech, Language and Social Communication team.
  • Lego Therapy (See separate link)

Useful Websites:


I CAN is a children’s communication charity

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.

Talking Point website has been designed with these requests in mind with new additions to the site including

NAS - Newcastle Resource Centre

Thomas Bewick School, Linhope Road, West Denton, Tyne & Wear, NE5 2LW

Contact details

  Contact:Deborah Garland 
  Telephone:0191 229 6020 
  Mobile:07884 117 741 
  Website:visit website 


We offer a fortnightly parent group for parents of children with autism to meet in a friendly environment, one to one appointments to discuss any topics around autism for parents or adults with an autism spectrum disorder, 

Understanding Autism Seminars, support and advice by telephone or e mail, signposting to local support in your area and services which may be helpful and regular updates on events happening locally, also training available for education professionals.