Autism and Social Communication

Autism and Social Communication

Social Communication (or Pragmatic Language) refers to a child’s ability to understand and use language in social contexts. Pragmatic language includes body language, voice tone, facial expressions, humour and conversational ‘rules’.  Many children have difficulty understanding these social cues, rules and language.  Rebecca is trained in a number of different approaches to assist children with emotional regulation and social skills:

DIR Floortime: DIR relates to a Developmental, Individual-differences and Relationship-based model of understanding a child’s development.  DIR Floortime is a specific technique to help parents follow the child’s natural interests and at the same time challenge the child towards great mastery of social, emotional and intellectual capabilities.

Hanen – More Than Words: The Hanen – More Than Words program is designed especially for parents of children under 5 and on the autism spectrum.  The program provides parents with tools and strategies to help their child reach their full communication potential by developing the child’s play skills, imitation skills and social communication.

The Secret Agents’ Society  (SAS): The Secret Agents’ Society is an interactive and engaging program aimed at children between 8 and 12 with high-functioning autism (Asperger’s Syndrome).  SAS helps children improve their emotional understanding by teaching them how to recognise emotions in themselves and others, express feelings appropriately, cope with feelings of anger and anxiety. SAS also helps the child to introduce themselves, maintain conversations and understand what it means to be a friend.

There are many ways in which Rebecca can help your child develop confidence in social communication.  A detailed clinical assessment will help identify your child’s strengths and needs, so we know how best to help them.