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Social Communication Difficulties

Your child can have difficulties using his/her language to interact or have conversations with others. Children with social communication difficulties struggle with pragmatics - the unspoken, subtle rules of spoken language that allow people to connect. They don’t always understand the give-and-take of a conversation. Some of them monopolize conversations or interrupt a lot. Others hesitate to talk at all. This can make it harder to make and keep friends and do well in school.


Signs of social communication difficulties:

  • Delay in reaching language milestones

  • Little interest in social interactions

  • Going off-topic or monopolizing conversations

  • Not adapting language to different listeners (talks the same way to an adult as to a friend)

  • Not adapting language to different situations (speaks the same way in the classroom as on the playground)

  • Difficulty making inferences and understanding things that are implied, but not stated explicitly

  • Not giving background information when speaking to an unfamiliar person

  • Not understanding how to properly greet people, request information or gain attention

  • Tendency to be overly literal and not understand riddles and sarcasm

  • Trouble understanding nonverbal communication, such as facial expressions

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