Social communication is the way we use language in social contexts, encompassing social interaction, social cognition, pragmatics and language processing. Our Brecksville speech therapists recognize that while many of us take the “rules” of these exchanges for granted, they can be tough for children with developmental delays, disabilities, and other challenges.
Most language is social. Social communication skills include the ability to:
- Vary one’s speech style.
- Recognize the perspective of others.
- Understand – and appropriately use – rules for verbal/non-verbal communication.
- Use the structural elements of language.
There is a fairly broad range of norms accepted across cultures, families and between individuals for social communication, but these skills are critical for effective back-and-forth conversations in a social situation. When a child struggles with verbal and non-verbal communication for social purposes, this may be diagnosed as social communication disorder.