Social Communication Focus

Social Language (pragmatics)
What word combinations are best in what situations,

Using language for different purposes such as
☐ Greeting (hello, goodbye)
☐ Informing
☐ Demanding
☐ Promising
☐ Requesting

Changing language according to needs of listener and situation, such as
☐ Talking differently to baby than to adult
☐ Giving background information to an unfamiliar listener
☐ Speaking differently in a classroom than a playground

Following rules for conversations and storytelling, such as:
☐ Taking turns in conversation
☐ Introducing topics of conversations
☐ Staying on topic
☐ Rephrasing when misunderstood
☐ How to use verbal and nonverbal signals
☐ How close to stand to someone when speaking
☐ How to use facial expressions and eye contact

Social Cognition
Mental processes in perceiving, attending, remembering, thinking about, and making sense of the people in the social world (Moskowitz, 2005)

Theory of Mind - ability to connect emotional states to self and others; understanding that others have knowledge, desires and emotions that may differ from one’s own; ability to take the perspective of another and modify language use accordingly

Emotional competence:
☐ Emotional regulation
☐ Emotional understanding
☐ Emotional expression (effectively regulating one’s emotional state and behavior while focusing attention on salient aspects of the environment and engaging in social interaction)

Executive function:
☐ Organization
☐ Planning
☐ Attention
☐ Problem solving
☐ Self-monitoring of future
☐ Goal directed behavior

Joint attention:
☐ Social orienting
☐ Established shared attention
☐ Monitoring emotional states
☐ Another intentions
☐ Inference
☐ Presupposition

Social Interaction
Reciprocal response and engagement

Social Interaction
☐ Joint attention
☐ Reading intentions
☐ Paying attention to environment
☐ Imitation skills
☐ Initiating social interactions
☐ Responding social interactions by others
☐ Peer relationships/friendship seeking appropriate for age
☐ Maintaining turn-taking in interactions
☐ Conflict resolution
☐ Difficult cooperative play - work
☐ Politeness
☐ Gender communication differences


This information was obtained from several articles in the ASHA website


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