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Improve Pragmatic Understanding and Socialization - Jason Garner


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Communication skills using language may sound simple on the surface, however they can be quite complex and confusing to children with special education needs and/or learning difficulties, especially because these rules vary within and across cultures. Pragmatic language skills include the ability to use language for different purposes, such as to greet others, make requests, ask questions, and make comments, and also include the ability to understand the rules of conversation, such as taking turns, introducing a topic, and staying on topic. Participants of this workshop will learn about pragmatic language (also known as social language) involving specific communication skills including using language, changing language and following rules, and how to offer guidance to children to initiate and maintain a social interaction and to communicate effectively and confidently with peers.