Social Communication Therapy

Social Communication Therapy:  Social communication therapy provides skills for conversation, relationship initiation, recognition and expression of emotions, recognition of body language, use and interpretation of figurative language, and other of the many skills necessary for successful interpersonal communication.

 

Key Age Groups Served:  Age 5 years through adult

 

Characteristics of Disability:  Social communication disorder is characterized by a persistent difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication that cannot be explained by low cognitive ability. Symptoms include difficulty in the acquisition and use of spoken and written language as well as problems with inappropriate responses in conversation. The disorder limits effective communication, social relationships, academic achievement, or occupational performance. (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)

 

A social communication disorder may be a distinct diagnosis or may occur within the context of other conditions, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), specific language impairment (SLI), learning disabilities (LD), language learning disabilities (LLD), intellectual disabilities (ID), developmental disabilities (DD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Other conditions (e.g., psychological/emotional disorders and hearing loss) may also impact social communication skills.  (American Speech and Hearing Association, 2013

 

Forms:
Child Evaluation Form, Adult Evaluation Form

 

Therapy Groups:
Social communication therapy groups, social communication therapy summer camp

 

Useful Resources:
http://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Clinical-Topics/Social-Communication-Disorders-in-School-Age-Children/