The Autism Toolbox: Communication and Language

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics.  This section is on communication and language.

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Communication Carousel by Bucks SLT

Communicating "Quick Tips"

The Puzzle Centre: Speech and Language Therapy services and training

The Hanen Centre: Speech and Language Programmes

Communication and Visual Aids

Media and TV

Communication Carousel by Buckinghamshire SLT

The Communication Carousel by Children’s Speech and Language Therapy in Buckinghamshire (SLT) covers communication skills from ages 0 to 14 years and over. It features tips and activities for parents, early years settings, and schools on all areas of speech, language and social communication including:

  • Attention and Listening
  • Building Sentences
  • Play and Early Conversation
  • Speech and Sound Awareness
  • Telling Stories
  • Understanding Language
  • Vocabulary

Take me to The Communication Carousel


Communicating "Quick Tips" by NAS

The National Autistic Society (NAS) has quick tips on interacting with an autistic person and understanding how autistic people might express themselves.

Read Communicating "Quick Tips"


The Puzzle Centre: Speech and Language Therapy services and training

The Puzzle Centre offers:

  • Outreach Speech and Language Therapy services for families of children aged up to 11 years old. This includes assessments and follow-up support.

  • Communication and Play training courses are run once per year or can be delivered directly to schools or settings.

  • SCERTS. Workshops focused on building competence in Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports. SCERTS is applicable to many age ranges, abilities and settings. It is also designed to help families, educators and therapists work cooperatively as a team, in a carefully coordinated manner.


or call them on 01296 711 547


The Hanen Centre: Speech and Language Programmes

The Hanen Centre, a not-for-profit charitable organisation has guides on two communication programmes with links to find where and when they are running locally. Find out more about these via the links below.

Takes Two to Talk

More Than Words


Communication and Visual Aids

ASD Visual Aids

ASD Visual Aids specialises in educational resources to support teachers, SENCOS, TA’s and parents with children aged 3 to 16 who have ASD and special educational needs (SEN).

Visit The ASD Visual Aids Website


Autism-friendly communication tools | Thomas' Story

Everyone has the right to communicate, and the right to be understood. There are a number of autism-friendly communication tools available on the market. Here’s Thomas, a young boy with autism who uses a tablet to communicate his needs and emotions.


Media and TV

Living Differently Series: Our Autistic Twins Taking Communication Therapy.

This episode on BBC Three's Living Differently series follows Mark and Annie's twin boys, Jacob and Samuel, who have severe Autism. Involvement in the Son Rise Program has allowed them to communicate as a family.