The SCIP Manual is a unique, evidence-based communication intervention for children aged 6-11 who have social communication difficulties. It contains a rationale, method and resources for therapy in pragmatics, social communication and higher-level language processing.
SCIP is suitable for children who have pragmatic language impairments, social communication disorder and may be used with some verbally-able children who have autism spectrum disorders.
SCIP should be carried out under the supervision of a qualified speech and language therapist (UK) or speech and language pathologist.
Brigham Young University
The SCIP Manual is made up of three integrated sections: the theoretical rationale, the therapy activities and the SCIP Intervention Planning and Record Form. One SCIP Form is completed for each child undergoing SCIP therapy.
The theoretical rationale for SCIP Intervention sets out an in-depth theoretical framework for understanding the nature of the language, pragmatic and social understanding impairment in children who have social communication difficulties. This section provides an overview of the research evidence built up over several years to support the effectiveness of SCIP Intervention. Comprehensive guidance on assessment for this population and an explicit assessment to intervention planning guide make the means of determining therapy goals explicit.
Over 150 therapy activities are presented in the Intervention Resource and are arranged in three phases to be delivered in sequence. Phase 1 is a universal preparation stage and all children are expected to complete all activities. Phase 2 is an individualised therapy stage in which each child follows a unique path derived from their profile of need. Therapy activities are selected from the three main components in Phase 2:
- SUSI – Social Understanding and Social Interpretation
- PRAG – Pragmatics
- LP – Language Processing
Phase 3 therapy provides the personalisation of therapy activities using skills the child has mastered to extend skills into the child’s environment.
A Case study is provided to exemplify all three stages of intervention with outcomes for one child from the SCIP randomised controlled trial.
The SCIP Intervention Planning and Record Form guides the practitioner to use assessment data to plan intervention. Information to assist with personalisation and outcomes from therapy sessions is recorded on the SCIP Form.