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Parent and child interaction (PCI) pathway

What is the parent and child interaction (PCI) pathway?

This pathway aims to support children’s speech, language and communication skills by coaching parents in the use of effective strategies to use in their interactions with their child.

PCI workshop

When your child reaches the top of the waiting list you will receive a letter with a link to a video and details on how to book your face to face appointments.

You need to watch the video and try the strategies before coming to meet with the speech and language therapist. It’s important you get in touch to book the appointments within 6 weeks of receiving the workshop video.

You will then be offered 3 face to face appointments. These might be weekly or may be spread further apart if that works better. In these sessions the speech and language therapist will talk to you about the strategies you have used, discussing which have worked and give you advice and support about how to keep doing them.

What happens during the appointment?

If it’s appropriate the speech and language therapist might record a short video of you and your child playing and use this video to give you further suggestions on things to work on at home. Please do not worry if you do not want to do the video there is no pressure to do this.

The speech and language therapist will also observe your child, interact with them and do some very informal assessment if appropriate. We hope that this will help you home feeling confident to keep using the strategies.

What happens next?

There will usually be a review appointment 6 to 8 weeks after you have finished your 3 face to face appointments. This will give a chance to review progress and hopefully your child will be ready to move onto another pathway.

Contact us

For more information please contact the Speech and Language Therapy Service at Flockton House on 0114 226 2333.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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