Social Skills/Pragmatics in Adolescents
Social Pragmatic Language Disorders may also be known as semantic/pragmatic language disorder, non-verbal learning disability (NLD).
Early Signs and Symptoms
- Excessive questioning.
- Lack of eye contact.
- Aggressive language.
- Excessive talk about specific subjects in too much detail.
- Only talking about him/herself.
- Uninterested in other adolescents.
- Unable to engage in conversational exchange.
- Literal/concrete understanding of language.
- Difficulty with abstract language: figurative language, idioms, expressions.
- Verbal problem-solving: why when, how do you know?;
- Double meanings;
- Tendency to be overly literal and not understand riddles and sarcasm
- Difficulty initiating and maintaining conversations
- Difficulty staying on topics of conversation
- Unable to take the listener’s perspective.
- Unable to read/interpret body language, facial expressions.
- Unable to express feelings.
- 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
Information courtesy of the Kaufman Children’s Center.
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