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Social Communication

What are Social Communication Disorders/Difficulties? Social communication disorders refer to challenges in using verbal and nonverbal communication in social interactions. Children with these difficulties may have trouble understanding and using social cues, maintaining conversations, and developing relationships with others.

Signs of Social Communication Disorders/Difficulties:

  • Difficulty understanding social rules and expectations

  • Trouble interpreting nonverbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language

  • Difficulty starting or maintaining conversations

  • Use of language in unusual ways, such as overly formal or repetitive speech

  • Difficulty understanding jokes, sarcasm, or figurative language

  • Limited interests or difficulty in sharing interests with others


Diagnosis and Treatment: Diagnosing social communication disorders/difficulties often involves a comprehensive evaluation by a speech-language pathologist, psychologist, or developmental pediatrician. Treatment may include social skills training, communication strategies, and support to help children navigate social interactions more effectively.

Support for Families: Families play a crucial role in supporting children with social communication disorders/difficulties. Providing a supportive and understanding environment, helping children practice social skills, and working closely with professionals can help children improve their social communication abilities.

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