Social Communication Pathway


What is the Social Communication Pathway?

The Social Communication Pathway (SCP) is an autism assessment service in Manchester.

There are three separate teams, covering South Manchester (Carol Kendrick Centre), Central Manchester (The Powerhouse/Winnicott Centre) and North Manchester (The Powerhouse/The Bridge).

Their team includes a:

  • Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • Educational Psychologist from OneEducation
  • Consultant Paediatrician

Who do they work with?

The SCP team work with children and young people who have differences with the following:

  • Social relationships
  • Expressing and understanding feelings
  • Communication
  • Changes to routine/unexpected changes
  • Sensitivity to sensory input such as noise, textures and tastes
  • Young people may also have special interests and things they are very good at

Some children and young people experience these differences because they are autistic (also known as autism spectrum disorder or autistic spectrum condition). Some children and young people have these differences but are not autistic. The SCP’s job is to work with children/young people and their families to see if the child/young person is autistic.

For further information and their referral criteria please visit their website (linked below). If you feel your child meets the referral criteria you can submit a parent referral form (also linked below).