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SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
& PRAGMATICS

WHAT IS SOCIAL COMMUNICATION?

Social communication is defined as the emergence of social interaction, social cognition, pragmatics (verbal and nonverbal)

  • Social communication disorder may occur within the context of other conditions

    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

    • Specific language impairment (SLI)

    • Learning disabilities (LD)

    • Language learning disabilities (LLD)

    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

    • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • Family members, peers, and other communication partners may encounter barriers in their efforts to communicate and interact with individuals with social communication disorders

SIGNS OF SOCIAL DIFFICULTIES?

Problems with social interactions

  • Speech style and context, rules for linguistic politeness

  • Has difficulty with the following:

    • Taking turns in conversation

    • Introducing topics of conversation

    • Staying on topic

    • Rephrasing when misunderstood

    • How to use verbal and nonverbal signs

    • Giving background information to an unfamiliar listener

Issues with social cognition

  • Emotional competence, understanding emotions of self and others

  • Has difficulty with the following:

    • Talking differently to a baby than to an adult

    • Speaking differently in a classroom than on a playground

Problems with pragmatics

  • Communicative intentions, body language, appropriate eye contact

  • Has difficulty with the following:

    • How close to stand to someone when speaking

    • How to use facial expressions and appropriate eye contact

Please reach out to us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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