• What can I do to help my child with pragmatic language difficulties?

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    Modeling appropriate social behaviors is key!  Role play with your child. Make different faces (angry, frown, smile, roll your eyes) at your child and ask him/her what they think you are feeling.  It's important for your child to understand these non-verbal cues as well.

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  • Why are some of my child's goals addressing social skills?

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    Students need to be able to communicate effectively with peers and teachers in order to learn properly.  Pragmatic language is the ability to communicate our ideas and thoughts with others in a clear way.  Children with good social communication will know what to say and when and how to say it.  They will understand how to speak to their peers versus how to speak to their teachers.  It is important for children who struggle in this area of language to acquire these skills so they can get the most out of the school setting.

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  • How does therapy benefit my child in the classroom setting?

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    Good communication skills are crucial in order to facilitate the learning experience.  Your child needs to be able to tap into all aspects of language during the typical school day including receptive language, expressive language, social skills, auditory processing and reading comprehension.  Intelligible speech is a must so that your child can be understood by educators and peers.  If your child is receiving speech/language services in the school setting, it is precisely needed so they can maximize their potential in the academic framework.

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  • How can I help my child at home?

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    I can not emphasize this enough.  Read to your child and if age appropriate, have them read to you.  Reading is the best way to increase your child's vocabulary and language skills.  They will learn almost all aspects of language through reading including grammar, vocabulary, language structure and language use (pragmatics).  

    It is also important to engage your child in conversation.  Have a running dialogue with him/her as you complete everyday activities such as cooking, errands, playing, etc.

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