Solution Name: Improving Pragmatic Language Skills Module
Social communication or pragmatics refers to the way in which children use language within social situations. It has three components including: The ability to use language for different purposes (to greet, inform people about things, demand, command, request).
Participate in pretend play activities with the child
Play simple games to encourage turn taking
Participate in group activities with peers
Create stories together
Practice making music with different instruments
Role play scenarios in which there are problems and solutions (i.e. finding a toy in a story, ordering food in a restaurant)
Allow the child to lead during motivating activities
Work on greetings with familiar people (i.e. mailman, family friend, grandparents)
Offer choices of different foods
Put foods in zip lock bags, plastic containers to encourage the child to hand the container of food to be opened. This may also encourage the child to request the food item by its name (ex., apple, or to request “help or open”).
Present some of the food but not all of it –this will encourage the child to indicate that they want more.
Put the food the child likes somewhere out of reach but in view to encourage the child to reach, point, or look at you. Doing this creates a need for them to engage with you.
Present food you know your child does not like and model 'no' or a 'head shake' to encourage more appropriate communication for rejecting things
Share ideas and experiences
Develop new insights
Answer and ask questions
Wait for their turn in a conversation
Use body language that shows interest in a speaker's message
Use appropriate volume and intonation for different situations