Category Archives: Pragmatic Language

Pragmatic language skills refer to the ability to use language socially. Skills such as using language for various purposes (making requests, directing others, asking questions, commenting, etc.), reciprocal communication, and nonverbal communication (eye gaze, gesture use, turn-taking, etc.) are included in this category.

Communication Expansion Using the Repetition of Holidays in a Neutral Way

To expand any skill, we all need practice.  This same repetition is vital for your child to gain speech and language skills.  A good way to assure repetition and frequent practice which is necessary is by using your environment to … Continue reading

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Speech and Language Enrichment = Summer Fun!

School’s out, but you can support your child’s speech and language skills in typical summer activities.  They provide wonderful contexts to enrich your child’s communication development and still have lots of fun!  For specific guidance in skills to target, remember your child’s … Continue reading

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“Talking Stick” and Other Verbal Turn-taking Strategies

A tool used in my pragmatic language group to support turn-taking skills is what I refer to as a ”talking stick.” Literally, it is a skinny, plastic stick (like a magic wand) that, on one end, has a hand which is pointing. The “talking stick” … Continue reading

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How Full is Your Bucket? for Kids

“How Full is Your Bucket? for Kids” by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer One book I read in my pragmatics language group following a unit on feelings is the story How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath … Continue reading

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Exciting New Program for Kids with ASD

The Children’s Museum of La Crosse, WI has introduced a new program to enable children with ASD to enjoy their facility.  It’s a messenger bag that they call an “Adventure Pack” which contains tools that support the children’s ability to … Continue reading

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“Marble Jar” as Positive Reinforcement for Social Skills

A behavioral strategy used in my pragmatics groups is a marble jar.  This type of positive reinforcement strategy was presented by the well-known and respected Jed Baker, PhD. (http://www.jedbaker.com/) in one of his conferences. Several marbles are in a bag, … Continue reading

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PARENT TIPS FOR FACILITATING/EXPANDING PRAGMATIC LANGUAGE AT HOME

Upon WAKING AND GOING TO BED, encourage kids to greet all family members.  Remember to cue as needed for eye gaze to direct the language to each listener.  At bedtime, consider reviewing the current day’s events and sharing tomorrow’s events … Continue reading

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Pragmatic (Social) Language Adaptations to Typical Classroom Routines

Upon ARRIVAL, encourage kids to greet adults and peers. 2.  At FREE PLAY, reinforce children playing, sharing, helping, and talking to each other.  Dividing the room into centers/designated areas and breaking children into small groups can help facilitate this. 3.  … Continue reading

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Teacher Tips for Promoting Success in the Classroom

Teachers of children whose pragmatic (social language) skills are impaired are often interested in ideas for enhancing the child’s success in the preschool classroom.  The following are some ideas for creating an environment that is easier for those children to … Continue reading

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