Pragmatic Language refers to the use of language within the social “rules” we culturally and collectively follow when communicating. Learning pragmatics involves many key factors, such as how to shift tone and language based on environment, how to take turns during conversation, and how to communicate non-verbally in appropriate ways.
Symptoms usually include: Difficulty with eye contact; Listening and taking turns; maintaining conversation; Interpreting facial expressions and non-verbal cues, and/ or prolonged difficulty coping with different forms of social interaction.
Treatment fosters each child’s strengths to address underlying difficulties with social language and helps with new skills and strategies to further their participation in social communication. Soundbox works with families to tailor goals based on each child’s individual needs. Individual and group therapy is offered to allow for practice of skills and strategies in different communication and social contexts.