A person who has a Social Communication Disorder (also known as a Pragmatic Disorder) will have difficulty with social language and communication skills. Kids with these problems will have trouble with understanding language (both verbal and nonverbal), participating in conversations, understanding and using the “unspoken rules” of society and changing language depending on the needs of the situation (e.g. understanding that there are differences in how we speak to a friend versus a teacher).
Your child may have a Social Communication Disorder if they:
- struggle with greeting others
- have a hard time following the rules of conversation and story telling
- tend to only want to talk about what is interesting to them
- find it hard to understand the perspective and/or feelings of another person
- have difficulties with altering their language