Lannon Twomey: Speech-Language Pathologist

Treatment Areas: Language - Pragmatic/Social Language Disorders

Lannon Twomey: Speech Pathology With A Difference

Pragmatics refers to the goals or functions of language and how we use language to effectively meet these goals. This typically relates to effective integration and use of all language components (semantics, syntax, phonology, morphology) for social or communicative purposes.

A child with pragmatic language deficits may have:

  • difficulty with basic conversational skills and rules such as eye contact, initiating and maintaining conversations, producing greetings, conversational turn-taking, and using and understanding humor/figurative language.
  • difficulty interpreting and using non-verbal communication elements such as facial expressions, body language, and gestures.
  • a diagnosis which impacts or impedes development of social communication skills such as Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, or other learning challenges.