Social communication impairment (SCI) affects around 7.5% of children. Children with SCI struggle with communication in social contexts and experience high levels of mental health disorders. Our aim is to assess the feasibility of evaluating ‘Enhancing Pragmatic Language skills for Young children with social communication impairment’ (E-PLAYS), a computer-based intervention. A positive outcome from this feasibility study will result in an application to NIHR for a full-scale trial.
The following feasibility objectives will be addressed:
Blinded measures of language and communication will be taken together with parent-completed measures of health service use and teacher-completed measures of peer relations and communication.
As well as measuring outcomes, we will examine the processes involved in delivery of E-PLAYS in an NHS setting, so as to understand challenges involved in implementation. We will use qualitative methods to investigate in-depth the views of the children, SLTs and teaching assistants involved.