Social communication or pragmatic language refers to the way we use language and other forms of communication to interact socially (e.g., making eye contact, joint attention, taking turns, paying attention to the person who is with you, beginning interactions with others).
Our pragmatic language skills help us to recognize and interpret the verbal and non-verbal cues of the people we are interacting with. They also help us learn how to adapt our communication in different environments and how to express our own thoughts and emotions, while respecting the feelings of those around us.
At Red Oak, we support children and adolescents who struggle with pragmatic language by teaching our clients to understand the nuances of conversation and relationships. We teach the hidden rules of social communication.
We create unique treatment plans and provide strategies to help our clients develop social thinking pragmatics and social communication skills to meet individual goals including: establishing positive relationships with peers, teachers and family members; learning to join a group at play or in conversation; and learning how to share space with others.