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Social Communication Intervention

Social communication intervention is a term that appears to mean different things to different people.

For some people, the term can be used for any intervention designed to improve the social communication skills of people on the autism spectrum. So it can include interventions as diverse as social skills groups, therapeutic horse-back riding and the Picture Exchange Communication System.

For other people, the term is more specific and refers to a range of multi-component interventions based around a mix of behavioural and developmental techniques that are designed to target the key elements of early social communication skills including joint attention, social reciprocity, language and related cognitive skills.

Specific examples of social communication interventions that use these techniques include the Child's Talk programme, the DIR method, the Early Start Denver Model, the Hanen 'More than Words' programme, some forms of joint attention training,  Pivotal Response Training, the Reciprocal Imitation Training programme, and the UCLA YAP model but there are many others.

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