What is Social Communication?
Social communication is a set of verbal and nonverbal skills that one utilizes in order to navigate relationships in work, life, and academia.
Pragmatics is a big word used when describing social communication. It’s the subtle nuances and unspoken rules that make up a language, such as the use of facial expressions, hand gestures, and turn taking. Also included as aspects of social communication are syntax (sentence structure when speaking) and semantics (meaning/implications).
These are skills that are developed over time and through the observations of those around us. From a very young age we start learning about what’s acceptable and appropriate when speaking, and what’s not.
Why It’s Important
We work with students on a one-on-one basis through in person or virtual coaching sessions, usually between 1 to 5 hours per week. Each program is customized for the individual. We begin our work by meeting each student where they are, building a trusting and supportive relationship between our staff and families, with a focus on individualized goals and objectives. We use the backdrop of real life activities, experiences, and environments to teach independence, social communication skills, and problem solving in the moment.