Understanding Pragmatics and Social Communication

Understanding Pragmatics and Social CommunicationPragmatics, or social communication, refers to how language is used in social contexts. A person with a social communication disorder (SCD) may have difficulties with communicating both verbally and non-verbally in social settings.

In general, they have an understanding of the basics of language, grammar and overall communication but struggle with appropriately using them. They may also have trouble participating in social settings and developing relationships with peers.

A person with SCD may exhibit the following signs:

  • Says inappropriate or unrelated things during conversations

  • Struggles with how to properly greet people

  • Difficulty making inferences and understanding things that are implied

  • Interrupts often or monopolizes conversations

  • Does not adapt language to fit the listener (speaking to an adult vs. a child)

People with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and other learning disabilities are the most prone to experiencing problems with social communication.

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) play an important role in the assessment and treatment of social communication disorder. Experts at the Speech-Language Institute (SLI) work one-on-one with patients to help them learn how better handle social interactions and improve pragmatic skills.

For more information on SLI’s services or to schedule an appointment, call 215.780.3150.