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Social Communication

Social communication disorder is defined by patients’ challenges utilizing verbal and nonverbal languages for social purposes. Patients often struggle with social interaction, pragmatics, social cognition and behaviors such as eye contact, body language, and facial expressions. Patients with this specific disorder often have a hard time executing the appropriate communication skills for various social contexts and also struggle with comprehending the ambiguity in languages. We see social communication disorder as a distinct disorder as well as a disorder that could co-occur with other disorders such as ADHD, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities, etc. This specific disorder is also one of the defining features with patients with autism spectrum disorder.

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Social communication disorders may affect children, youth and adults and can wreak havoc on an individual’s ability to make meaningful connections and grow both personally and professionally.

Social communication does not incorporate speech or language production alone. It encompasses a combination of listening or auditory comprehension skills, learning to identify and respond to non-verbal social cues and behavioral and cognitive components. A combination of these factors is what helps shape our responses efficiently and appropriately for different contexts. Here are some things I’ll commonly hear:

  • “My child says the most inappropriate things” 

  • “I don’t know how to start a conversation”  

  • “I’m embarrassed to speak in public” 

  • “I’m just shy” 

  • “I never know what to say” 

  • “I’m so awkward” 

  • “I get really nervous while talking” 

  • “I can’t seem to organize my language” 

  • “What I say doesn’t make sense”

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 Social communication disorders are very treatable. Therapy normally involves developing an honest relationships with your speech therapist followed by an in depth analysis and assessment of social skills. In addition to interaction with the speech therapist, assistance and input from caregivers, friends and family is imperative. After your speech therapist completes your evaluation, treatment involves identifying strengths to build on or weaknesses that we can alter with the use of strategies, practicing in social situations and sometimes during group therapy sessions.

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