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Pragmatic Language Disorders


Pragmatic language refers to how we use language in social situations, including expressive language (manding/requesting for items and information from peers), as well as receptively “reading” and responding appropriately to others’ social cues. It involves not only what is said but also why and for what purpose it is said. Individuals may have good linguistic ability and be able to use a variety of sentence structures that are syntactically, morphologically and semantically correct, but lack the ability to monitor when to most effectively and appropriately use them. Intervention is most effective when the child is paired with a peer and/or when skills are practiced in real-life situations and environments.