Pragmatic Language Disorder & Social Communication Disorder Speech Therapy


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What are Pragmatic Language Disorders and Social Communication Disorder?

Pragmatic Language Disorder & Social Communication Disorder Speech Therapy

Pragmatic language disorders, also referred to as a social communication disorder, involve impairment in understanding and/or use of pragmatic aspects of language. The term “pragmatics” refers to the way we socially use language (ex. using greetings or making requests), changing language according to the situation (ex. using formal language with an adult and more playful language with a child), and following rules of conversation (ex. making appropriate eye contact, staying on topic, understanding nonverbal signals from listeners). As children get older, a pragmatic language disorder may become more evident when they encounter trouble understanding jokes, common colloquial phrases, metaphors, and/or sarcasm.

How do I know if my child has Pragmatic Language Disorders or Social Communication Disorder?

Children with pragmatic language disorders or social communication disorder may exhibit the following symptoms and if you notice any of these early signs, contact your child’s pediatrician immediately to make an appointment to assess for pragmatic language disorders.

  • Making inappropriate or unrelated comments during conversation
  • Inability to introduce or maintain a topic
  • Difficulty taking turns during conversation
  • Trouble making eye contact during conversation
  • Using disjointed language that leaves the listener confused
  • Trouble relating to peers
  • Trouble using variation in their language
  • Inability to make inferences or understand jokes

What Causes Pragmatic Language Disorders or Social Communication Disorder to Occur?

Oftentimes, a pragmatic language disorder or social communication disorder exists alongside autism, while other times, this type of speech and language disorder can present independently.

Pragmatic Language Disorders and Social Communication Disorder Treatment

While it may be difficult to handle a diagnosis of pragmatic language disorders or social communication disorder, these communication disorders can be treated with the assistance of an effective speech-language pathologist (SLP), as well as with parental, teacher and peer involvement.

A dedicated speech therapist will work to provide functional and meaningful treatment as to help with mastery of skills across environments. SLPs will select from different modes of teaching, whether it be use of augmentative alternative communication (AAC), computer programs, or video modeling. Or they may reinforce conversation skills that build up a child’s ability to sustain a back-and-forth exchange rather than singular phrase production.

If your child is living with a pragmatic language disorder, finding a quality speech-language pathologist is a top priority. At Orlando Speech, our SLPs are experienced in treating a variety of speech-language disorders and do so with unparalleled skill and compassion. We are proud to provide mobile speech therapy services to the greater Orlando, Florida area including Dr. Phillips, Sand Lake, Lake Buena Vista, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden, MetroWest, Oviedo, Waterford Lakes, Winter Park, and Maitland. Call us today to learn more about our pragmatic language disorder speech therapy treatment programs.

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