1st Edition

The Social Communication Intervention Programme Manual and Resource Supporting Children's Pragmatic and Social Communication Needs, Ages 6-11

    470 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    The Social Communication Intervention Programme (SCIP) is an evidence-based intervention developed to support school aged children (6-11 years) with persistent social communication, pragmatic and language needs. The Social Communication Intervention Programme Manual and Resource provide a theoretical rationale, method and over 150 activities for providing specialist level language intervention for these children.

    The Social Communication Intervention Programme Manual introduces the SCIP model in which three main intervention components are defined: social understanding/social interpretation, pragmatics, and language processing.  The Manual provides a theoretical rationale and a comprehensive set of instructions for a phased approach to intervention. It contains instructions on the full scope of intervention, from development of core pragmatics and social communication skills through to generalisation, including principles and therapy methods. Guidance on assessment and mapping assessment findings to individualised therapy aims is provided. A method of planning an individualised route through the intervention to match each child’s needs is described. Evidence to support the use of SCIP in practice is included.

    The Social Communication Intervention Programme Resource contains the full set of over 150 therapy activities arranged in a nested structure under each of the three main intervention components: social understanding/social interpretation, pragmatics, and language processing. The SCIP Planning and Record Form and Information sheets for each Section are provided. The materials needed for work on generalisation are also included. Content can also be downloaded and printed for easy use.

    The Social Communication Intervention Programme Manual

    List of figures, tables and boxes


    Chapter 1 The Social Communication Intervention Programme (SCIP): Introduction and statement of purpose 

    Chapter 2 Overall structure and procedures for SCIP

    Chapter 3 Children with persistent social communication needs 

    Chapter 4 SCIP rationale, model of intervention and evidence base 

    Chapter 5 The perceptions of children, parents, teachers, and practitioners on SCIP Intervention and outcomes 

    Chapter 6 Principles of SCIP Intervention

    Chapter 7 SCIP assessment and outcomes procedures 

    Chapter 8 Planning and delivering Phase 1 SCIP Intervention

    Chapter 9 Planning and delivering Phase 2 SCIP Intervention

    Chapter 10 Planning and delivering Phase 3 SCIP Intervention 

    Chapter 11 Case study of SCIP Intervention: a worked example 


    The Social Communication Intervention Programme Resource


     Phase 1 Resource

    SCIP Phase 1 Intervention Content

    Phase 1 Intervention Content Table

    Phase 1 Therapy activities 

    Phase 1 to Phase 2 Pointers 

    SCIP Assessment to Intervention Map 

    Phase 2 Resource

    Phase 2 Intervention Content Table

    The nested structure of Phase 2 Intervention 

    Quick guide: List of Activity targets in SUSI, PRAG and LP

    SUSI Content Tables and Intervention Activities

    Social Understanding and Social Interpretation (SUSI) Content Table

    SUSI 1 Understanding social context cues in interactions 

    SUSI 2 Understanding emotional cues in interactions 

    SUSI 3 Understanding and practising flexibility 

    SUSI 4 Understanding thoughts and intentions of others 

    SUSI 5 Understanding friendship 

    PRAG Content Tables and Intervention Activities

    Pragmatics (PRAG) Content Table 

    PRAG 1 Turn taking and reciprocity

    PRAG 2 Conversation and metapragmatic skills

    PRAG 3 Understanding information requirements

    PRAG 4 Understanding and managing topic in conversation 

    PRAG 5 Understanding and improving discourse style

    LP Content Tables and Intervention Activities

    Language Processing (LP) Content Table

    LP 1 Vocabulary and word knowledge 

    LP 2 Narrative construction 

    LP 3 Non-literal language 

    LP 4 Discourse comprehension 

    LP 5 Enhanced comprehension monitoring 

    SCIP Intervention Planning and Record Form 


    Catherine Adams is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Manchester, UK. She has led a number of research projects on pragmatic and language needs in children as well as pioneering work on the effectiveness of social communication intervention.

    Jacqueline Gaile is a consultant speech and language therapist in independent practice with over thirty years’ experience of working with children with language and social communication needs. She was also senior research SLT on the SCIP research projects at the University of Manchester, UK.

    "It is rare to find such a comprehensive programme: the intervention plan is directly linked to child assessment with clear benchmarks for progression. It provides an integrated method for developing language structure, social understanding and pragmatic skills." - Courtney Frazier Norbury, Professor of Developmental Language & Communication Disorders at UCL

    "SCIP is the first evidence-based program to address the complex nature of social communication disabilities in children with autism, developmental language disorder, and social (pragmatic) communication disorder. The program provides detailed assessment and intervention activities for facilitating language processing, social, and pragmatic knowledge and skills. Guidelines and practical suggestions for the involvement of school staff and parents are included, so that children’s new skills generalise to interactions with peers and family members. In short, SCIP is a must have for professionals who want to comprehensively support children’s social communication abilities." - Geralyn R. Timler, Professor & Program Director, On-Campus Clinical SLP Program. Director, Social Communication and Language Evaluation (SCALE) Lab, James Madison University