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Social-Pragmatics

Overview

Social communication disorders, sometimes called social-pragmatic disorders, are characterized by difficulty with any number of aspects related to social interaction including interpretation and appropriate use of verbal and non-verbal social cues, initiation and maintenance of age-appropriate conversations, getting along with peers, making and keeping friends, recognizing others’ perspective, understanding figurative language/humor, etc. Impairment in this area may be a distinct diagnosis or may co-occur with autism, language impairment, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, developmental delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, or other conditions.

Assessment

Children or adults with social-pragmatic concerns may be evaluated by a team of graduate student clinicians under the direct supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist.  Evaluations are used to determine and confirm a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and monitor progress over time. Testing may take place over one or two sessions, followed by review of results and a complete written report.

Treatment

The goal of intervention is to improve social behaviors and communication. Therapy sessions are tailored to the specific needs of each client in conjunction with input from the client or client’s family. Depending upon specific need, clients may attend a 30-60 minute one-on-one session or a 1½-2 hour group session once or twice a week.

Related Links

Preschool Group
Teen/ Young Adult Social Skills Group