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Social Communication and Autism Support - Communication Interaction Team

The Council's Communication Interaction Team provides support for young people who struggle with social communication or who might have Autism.

Contacts details

Address:Ballard House
26 West Hoe Road
PL1 3BJ
Telephone number: 01752 668000

Communication is more than just the words we say to each other. Children with social communication difficulties may struggle with interacting with other people, switching their attention between people and activities, understanding and using eye contact, facial expressions, body language and listening and paying attention to the world and people around them.

Children with social communication difficulties may struggle with:

  • Interacting with other people
  • Switching their attention between people and activities
  • Understanding and using eye contact, facial expressions, body language
  • Listening and paying attention to the world and people around them

Some children with social communication difficulties may have a diagnosis of Autism.

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition.  It is sometimes referred to as an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).  The word spectrum is used because, while all people with autism share key areas of difference or challenge, their condition will affect them in different ways.  Some people can manage well with relatively little support, whilst others will require a lifetime of specialist support.   

The main areas of difference or challenge which all people with autism share are:

  • Difference or challenge with social communication
  • Difference or challenge with social interaction
  • Difference or challenge with social imagination or the ability to think flexibly.
  • Difference or challenge with how sensory experiences are processed.

How to request advice and support

To access our services, a Request More Help form will need to be completed. This usually follows a consultation between the CIT link person assigned to the school and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator at the school. Find out how to get in touch with us.

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Age range
  • Early Years - 0 to 5 years
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years

  • Based: Plymouth
    • 0 to 1 years old
    • 5 to 11 years old
    • 12 to 16 years old
    • 17 to 25 years old
    • Autism
    • Learning disabilities
    • Physical disabilities

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