Social Communication (Pragmatics) Groups

Social Communication (Pragmatics) Groups

What is Pragmatic Language?

Pragmatic language, or “social communication,” refers to using speech and language for social purposes. Social communication is essential, as it helps children communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, and needs through both verbal and nonverbal means. These skills are vital components of everyday life, even starting as a newborn. Extensive research on the effects of social skills training on children with these challenges shows that social skills therapy programs are effective in improving children’s self-esteem and confidence across various environments.  Social skills groups are useful for children to practice their social skills in functional communication settings and to promote generalization.

If my child has difficulties with pragmatic language, how will group therapy help?

Children may benefit from social skills groups to help with pragmatics if they have difficulty in the following areas:

  • Joint attention
  • Turn taking
  • Sharing
  • Problem solving
  • Using appropriate verbal and nonverbal signals during an interaction
  • Interpreting the verbal and nonverbal signals of others during an interaction
  • Understanding ambiguous or figurative language
  • Making inferences (understanding information that is not explicitly stated)
  • Forming and maintaining close relationships

The goal of the social skills group is for children to gain skills in social interaction in order to successfully participate in everyday social situations at school, within the community, and at home. Skills learned during group can be generalized to all social situations, which is necessary to making and maintaining friendships. 

What do Midwest Speech Therapy's Social Language Groups looks like?

Our groups are customized to each child’s individual needs and provide built-in learning time, while also allowing time for peer interaction. Social skills will be practiced within a positive environment. Group leaders can use this time to facilitate “real life” interactions and promote successful social interactions. Children are paired based on their age group and individual goals.  All groups will maintain a small therapist-to-child ratio. 

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