Speech Therapy

Language Tips for People Who Suffer From Semantic Pragmatic Disorder

People who suffer from semantic pragmatic disorder do not know how to converse in a social setting. Though, they do not intend to hurt anyone, the way they use their language would often lead to uncomfortable situations. The following language tips can be useful for parents, teachers or caretakers who can help the respective individual improve their social language.

Semantic Pragmatic Disorder: In order to improve the overall language skills in a social atmosphere, one must address the three most important pragmatic areas. Let us see what them three are.

Ask Questions. Questions can be asked during various situations of a conversation. This can help mould one’s language according to the situation.

  • For instance when you need to comment, the comment can start with a question like “what did you do? Tell me about …”.
  • While requesting, the request can be made a question too. Like, ” I need to do this. Please tell me how to?”.
  • Or general questions like ask me, tell me et. will help serve the purpose.

Response. Instead of trying to correct the grammar and syntax of the sentence, try responding to even an ill-phrased question.

Natural situations. One also should take advantage of situations that arise naturally. Morning greetings, occasional inquiries et. can prove to be very useful for this purpose.

When the language is tried to be modified during various such situations, it would be easy for the child or the individual to understand the importance of pragmatics.

  • Along with addressing the major areas of pragmatics, the child or the individual should also be taught the importance of role playing in conversations and the knack of being able to persuade which are very important during social conversations.
  • Also, using story telling techniques would improve the way an individual rephrases his/her unclear sentences into a proper and understandable one.

Semantic pragmatic disorder in children or any individual who has suffered a stroke or brain injury can be rectified with the help of above tips for parents, teachers and caretakers.

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