Pragmatics is the study of language in a social setting. Think communication. Just as children struggle with emotions, many children also battle expressing themselves correctly and understanding what is said to them in facial expressions, non-verbal clues, tone, etc. While some children learn by example, others must be taught how to handle various situations that arise.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
Pragmatics involve three major communication skills:
An individual with pragmatic problems may:
Parents and teachers can help a child use language appropriately in social situations (pragmatics)!
Pragmatics can be improved with practice. Download these example questions to use during meal times, while driving, or in addition to school work. Tweak these questions to fit your child's ability and situation.
Example Questions: What should you do when you sneeze?
Example Situation: You walk into a room and see your sister crying. What should you do?