Communication and Interaction

Who receives this service?

The Service works with children and young people who have:

  • Significant delay in speech and language
  • Language, speech and communication disorder
  • Communication and social interaction difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder


What does the service offer?

  • Ensures that the schools of Gwynedd and Anglesey have provision for children with communication and interaction needs in their schools
  • Ensures that there is specific guidance and training available for schools to plan effectively for pupils’ needs
  • Interventions tailored for pupils’ needs
  • A member of the team may come into the school to work for a specific time to train and share good practice in order to support the pupils to achieve targets.
  • Placement in a specialist centre if the needs meet the access criteria.


Who's in the team?
Senior Specialist Teacher

Delyth Gibbard

Specialist Teachers

Iona Ceiriog

Nicola Hughes

Angharad Walton

Alyson Walsh

Rachel Luxton

Mai Williams

Nia Wyn Jones

Lowri Watkins

Senior Specialist Teaching Assistants

Siwan Roberts

Laura Myles Hughes

Manon Jones

Becca Wynne

Mari Lloyd Roberts

Specialist Teaching Assistants

Rhiannon Evans

Anwen Roberts

Sioned Mai Jennings

Lynne Elias

Eleri Fôn Edwards

Sasha Leanne Jones

Lauren Evans

Holly Cunningham 


How can the service be accessed?

The school needs to make a referral to the Area Forum, if a pupil is to receive input from the Service.

Before making a referral it is important that every school has firstly acted at a school level e.g. through focus and target groups.  


What is the Educational Psychologist’s role?


What is the Quality Officer’s role?


What is the school’s role?

Every school is expected to offer opportunities to support and develop pupils’ communication and interaction skills.

The school should:

  • Establish systems to target individuals as required
  • Respond to the different levels of pupils’ needs by holding target groups
  • Use a screening tool to identify areas where individuals require additional support
  • Respond progressively to the needs of pupils by holding target groups
  • Develop a friendly and inclusive learning environment for individuals with communication and interaction difficulties
  • Develop an environment that allows time to develop suitable communication and interaction skills within the school day 


Sign languages and sign systems
 - a quick guide to British Sign Language and sign systems such as Makaton, Signalong and sign supported English/Welsh (SSE/SSW) 

Who else can help? - Speech and Language UK (ICAN gynt)   - Afasic - Elklan -  The National Autistic Society - This website (previously ASDinfoWales) belongs to and is run by the National Autism Team, which is funded by Welsh Government. It is one of the resources which helps the National Autism Team achieve their aim to improve the lives of autistic people in Wales.

Speech and Language Link: Parent Portal (