|Posted on 9 May, 2017 at 20:20|
What is a social communication disorder?
A social communication disorder refers to any difficulty experienced with social communication and interaction.
This comprises of:
1. Non verbal communication skills, such as:
- Body language
- Eye contact
- Facial expression
- Starting conversations
- Asking questions to maintain a conversation
- Taking turns in a conversation
- Making comments
- Theory of mind: The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and realise that they may have beliefs, attitudes and feelings that contrast to your own.
- Metalanguage: Understanding humour, jokes, sarcasm, metaphors and inferences.
- Self-monitoring: The ability to recognise when you are behaving inappropriately, and knowing how to adjust your behaviour and communication accordingly.
- Joint attention: The ability to focus on an object or event with another person, because you are both interested in it.
- Emotional regulation: The ability to control and manage your emotions, as opposed to behaving negatively such as having a tantrum or becoming upset.
- The ability to adjust your style and manner of communication depending on who you are talking to and where you are e.g. talking to a peer vs talking to a teacher.
- Using manners.
- The ability to resolve conflict when it arises in group play.
- The ability to participate and take turns in play with other children.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Specific Language Impairement
- Decrease unwanted behaviours (e.g. tantrums)
- Increase alternate positive behaviours (e.g. sharing)
- Give your child the opportunity to practise target social skills
Client profile: Josh (not the client's real name).
- Give people eye contact
- Greet people without having to be reminded
- Make comments and ask questions when talking to others
- Identify emotions (angry, sad, happy etc.)
- Their ability to recognise how others may be feeling (show empathy).
- Their own behaviour, as they can name the emotion they are feeling, rather than becoming upset or displaying unwanted behaviours.