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Pragmatic Language Therapy

Communication & Social Skills

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Pragmatic language therapy is designed to address challenges related to the use of language in social interactions. This includes understanding and following conversational rules, interpreting non-verbal cues, and adapting language to different social situations. The therapy begins with an assessment by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to identify specific pragmatic language difficulties and tailor the therapy to the individual's needs.

During therapy sessions, the SLP uses a variety of techniques and activities to enhance pragmatic language skills. These may include:

Role-Playing Scenarios:

Practicing different social situations to develop appropriate responses and behaviors, such as greeting others, initiating and maintaining conversations, and taking turns in dialogue.

Social Stories and Scripts:

Using written or visual narratives to explain social rules and expectations, helping individuals understand how to behave in various social contexts.

Non-Verbal Communication:

Training in interpreting and using body language, facial expressions, eye contact, and gestures to enhance social interactions.

Conversational Skills:

Activities to improve the ability to stay on topic, use appropriate tone and volume, recognize and repair communication breakdowns, and understand the perspective of others.

Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking:

Exercises that help individuals navigate social dilemmas, understand the consequences of different actions, and develop strategies for resolving conflicts.

The therapy is often interactive and play-based, particularly for children, to keep sessions engaging and relevant to real-life situations. The SLP may also involve family members or caregivers in the therapy process to reinforce skills and strategies at home.

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Cindy Knighton MS SLP-CCC

As the founder of Speech for Success, LLC, Cindy brings a wealth of experience to her role as a speech-language pathologist.

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