Children with social communication needs may find it difficult to work alongside other children and this could result in an increase in stress levels or inappropriate behaviour. Some individuals may display empathy in different situations to what may be expected; this can mean that there are times when they are unaware of other people’s feelings or find it hard to understand their perspective. They may also have difficulty reading facial expressions and body language.
Playtimes and lunchtimes can be stressful for some children. This can be due to the lack of structure and routine or because they have difficulty interpreting and using the unwritten rules of social interaction. Team games and sports can also be challenging for a child who has difficulty with social interaction.
Many children with social communication needs experience sensory difficulties. Some of these difficulties are immediately apparent but others can be less obvious. These can result in an unexpected or inappropriate response to sensory stimuli with children being over or under sensitive to sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Find out more about sensory needs >
Some children may also have difficulty with motor coordination which can make them appear uncoordinated and affect their ability and performance in PE lessons, sports activities or general movement around the classroom. Find out more about physical needs >
Some children and young people with communication and social interaction needs may receive a diagnosis of Autism. Find out more >