Social Communication Disorders F.A.Q.

I hope this information can help you understand pragmatic language disorders. If you think my approach may be right for you, I’m happy to provide a free 15-minute consult to discuss if speech therapy is the right choice for you or your child at this time.

What are social communcation disorders?

Social communication disorders are also known as pragmatic language disorders. Executive functioning deficits are also frequently related to this disorder. They can exist in the absence of any diagnosis. They are also common with people with an ADHD, autism, or receptive-expressive language disorder. 

Some of the red flags of social communication disorders are:

  • Difficulty generating imaginary play scenarios
  • Difficulty using toys as any object besides their literal use (ex: struggling to imagine blocks as house)
  • Difficulties turn taking in conversation (ex: not asking listener about their interests and perseverating on their topic of choice)
  • Difficulty expressing their own feelings
  • Difficulties understanding nonverbal cues (ex: facial expressions, implied body language)
  • Difficulties understanding non-literal language (ex: sarcasm, inferences, jokes)
  • Not understanding that a listener does not know the background or context of their story
  • Not using appropriate greetings
  • Not understanding safety and who it is okay to provide detailed information about their life or not
  • Not understand levels of friendship and how to treat different people such as strangers, acquaintances, and close friends
  • Difficulties understanding different points of view
  • Difficulty with transitioning from one task or situation to another
  • Difficulty self-regulating emotions
  • Difficulty with working memory
  • Difficulty organizing thoughts, schedule, work-related activities

    When should I seek speech therapy for a social communication disorder?
  • Do NOT “wait and see.” If your child has a social communication disorder, it is important to start as soon as possible

*There is a difference between a social communication difference vs a social communication disorder!*

  • Social communication difference: A culturally competent speech therapist understands that communication can be different amongst diverse cultures.
  • Social communication disorder: It may be a disorder if a person’s social communication varies from their own linguistic and cultural background, and causes them to have difficulties forming relationships in work, school and/or community environments. 

Keep in mind:

  • In order to get an accurate diagnosis, choose a  culturally competent, open-minded speech therapist that has experience working with diverse people.

What are some social and cultural aspects to consider when diagnosing and treating a social communication disorder?

  • I will be starting a detailed and free training series on this. Check back soon!