Language Therapy is a broad category and can encompass any or all of the techniques described on this website. While there are varying degrees of language disorders, the ultimate goal for everyone is to successfully communicate.
Pragmatics of Language:
The Social Aspects of Language
Pragmatic Language Therapy addresses the weakness that is an essential feature of autism: social communication. People with Pragmatic Language Disorders often ignore subtle messages that accompany speech such as facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language. They therefore interpret messages literally, attending only to the words.
- Pragmatic goals include:
- Initiating or changing a topic cohesively i.e.; I have an idea…
- Vocal intensity matches appropriately to conversation or situation.
- Initiate, maintain, and end conversations.
- Recognize and express emotions.
- Match communication style to various situations.
- Compliment, support, and empathize with others.
- Ask for favors, give apologies, and offer suggestions.
- Agreeing and disagreeing.
- Using appropriate non-verbal communication.
Children on the autism spectrum tend to have trouble in this area.
I am a practiced specialist in this area of communication. I trained extensively with the well known Margery Rappaport, Speech-Language Pathologist, the author of numerous research articles and the go-to resource within the Pragmatics of Communication community.