Pragmatics involve three major communication skills:

  • Using language for different purposes, such as
    • greeting (e.g., hello, goodbye)
    • informing (e.g., I'm going to get a cookie)
    • demanding (e.g., Give me a cookie)
    • promising (e.g., I'm going to get you a cookie)
    • requesting (e.g., I would like a cookie, please)
  • Changing language according to the needs of a listener or situation, such as
    • talking differently to a baby than to an adult
    • giving background information to an unfamiliar listener
    • speaking differently in a classroom than on a playground
  • Following rules for conversations and storytelling, such as
    • taking turns in conversation
    • introducing topics of conversation
    • staying on topic
    • rephrasing when misunderstood
    • how to use verbal and noverbal signals
    • how close to stand to someone when speaking
    • how to use facial expressions and eye contact

It is also referred to as social communication skills.

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Sep. 6, 2007 at 11:59 PM Ha where did this come from? i read the same thing last month. Karen we need to stop reading the same books....

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Sep. 7, 2007 at 2:06 AM Always knew Jake wasn't a rule follower.

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Sep. 7, 2007 at 7:56 AM It all seems so simple but yet it isn't.

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Oct. 3, 2007 at 7:35 PM

These are things my son's Speech Pathologist worked on with him, making wonderful progress.  Now I understand what she was doing. 

I wish parents were told exactly what speech therapy is when it's recommended for Asperger's.  I remember almost NOT setting it up for my son because I thought, "His speaking is fine.  He pronounces everything correctly and speaks in sentences."  I think they should call it Communication Therapy, because that really was/is his challenge. 

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