How social communication needs are identified for children


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

It is important to find out if your child has any additional needs as soon as possible, so they get the right diagnosis and support.


Some children with social communication difficulties may be diagnosed with autism. See NHS: Signs of autism in children.

If you have concerns about your child

If you have any concerns about your child, contact your GP or health visitor.