Social Communication Disorder

What is social communication disorder?

Social communication disorder (SCD) is characterized by persistent difficulties in using verbal and nonverbal language for social purposes. Primary difficulties may be in social interaction, social understanding, pragmatism, language processing, or any combination of these factors.

Social communication disorders can also be related to behaviors as simple as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language, something which many individuals and professionals have an ongoing problem with.

There is a wide range of accepted standards for social communication within and across individuals, families, and cultures. Specific communication challenges for individuals may arise when difficulties arise with the following:

  • Communicate for social purposes in ways appropriate to the particular social context
  • Change the communication to suit the context or needs of the listener
  • The following rules for conversation and storytelling
  • Understand non-literal or ambiguous language
  • Understand what is not explicitly stated
  • Sentence rules and lexicon semantics
  • Deductive language
  • Understanding the speech
  • Misinterpretation of contextual meaning

Social communication includes the following components:

Pragmatics – communication that focuses on the use of language consistent with a goal in social contexts (N. Nelson, 2010)

Social interaction – the contact that occurs between at least two people

Social cognition – an understanding of the mental and emotional states of oneself and others, social systems, social knowledge that beliefs and values ​​cause social events, socially appropriate behavior expected and the consequences of inappropriate behavior

Language processing – internal generation of language (expressive), understanding and interpretation of language (receptive)

Social communication enables individuals to share experiences, ideas, and emotions. Social communication skills are required to express and understand language in non-verbal, spoken, written, visual and gestural (sign language) modalities.

Social communication skills include the ability to:

  • Adjust speech pattern based on context,
  • Understand other people’s points of view,
  • Understand and use the rules of verbal and nonverbal communication appropriately, and
  • Use of structural aspects of language (eg, vocabulary, syntax, phonology).
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Steven Lepley LPC, MHSP

Licensed in Tennessee

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