Semantic-Pragmatic Disorders

A social (pragmatic) communication disorder is notable for the following difficulties:

  • Trouble using communication for social purposes, such as greeting/sharing information, in an appropriate way
  • Difficulty speaking appropriately to different listeners (Ex: a teacher vs. a peer)
  • Difficulty following rules for conversation or storytelling (Ex: taking turns in convserations, knowing and recognizing nonverbal signs used in conversation)
  • Trouble understanding information that is not explicity stated (ex: inferences) and nonliteral language (ex: idioms, sarcasm, etc.)

Your Speech-Language Pathologist will help determine if your child's social pragmatic communication is age appropriate through the use of parent/caregiver interview, observation, and formal testing.

Please feel free to contact us if you should have any additional questions.