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Communication interventions

Communication interventions aim to improve verbal, physical and listening aspects of communication. Communication interventions can be particularly useful for individuals with conditions like an autistic spectrum condition (ASC). At HSR Psychology, we provide communication interventions to children and young people who we think will benefit from it.

Who is suitable for a communication intervention?

At HSR Psychology, any child or young person up to the age of 25 may benefit from a communication intervention, depending on the needs of the individual.

Communication interventions may be suggested for young people who:

If you are interested in how a communication intervention could be effective for you or someone you know then please speak to a member of our team to find out more.

What are the benefits of a communication intervention?

Communication interventions can help advance the child or young adult’s skills, including being able to:

Following a communication intervention, recommendations will be provided for how best to support the child or young person. Recommendations are useful for maintaining the individual’s communication skills in everyday life.

What happens prior to a communication intervention?

Communication interventions can be discussed during your initial discussion. Please read about our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during a communication intervention?

A communication intervention can involve several different aspects, depending on the child or young person’s needs. For children or young people who have an autistic spectrum condition (ASC), the HSR Psychology professional may use visual techniques such as the picture exchange communication system (PECS) or other visual systems (Makaton). A communication intervention will give the child or young person an understanding of communication techniques such as facial expressions, non-verbal gestures and active listening. The individual will then have the opportunity to use their new communication techniques between sessions and then reflect on the effectiveness of them within sessions.

What happens after a communication intervention?

After a communication intervention the child, teen or young adult will be able to recognise when someone is communicating with them and will then be able to use techniques to respond for example, using facial expressions. Following a communication intervention it may be beneficial to carry out a series of follow up sessions, if recommended. Outcomes from a communication intervention can be explained through a feedback session, and a written report, if necessary. We will continue to support you through the whole intervention process. This is why we provide the option to deliver follow up support.

Does a communication intervention come with a report?

We will always recommend a report following any intervention with us, which includes: what took place, the outcomes of our involvement and suggestions for going forward into the future. A comprehensive report can be written following a communication intervention highlighting effective strategies for communicating. A report from a communication intervention can be used for many reasons, such as: medical use, personal use, support with an application, school use, funding and support, or evidence for a different reason. Reasons for requesting a communication intervention vary, and if a written report isn’t needed then feedback can be provided verbally with a brief summary. You can Read more about our reports here.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Next steps...

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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