Social Communication (Pragmatics)
Interacting with other children and adults, interpreting non –verbal behaviours (e.g. eye gaze, facial expression, gesture), and sustaining a conversation can be areas of difficulty for some children. Support from a Speech Pathologist can help to build skills in these areas including; learning social conventions such as how to initiate an interaction, how to read the behaviour of others, and conversation skills. The overall goal of pragmatic development is to help children to develop and maintain friendships. Headstart also offers 1:1 intervention and social skills groups to practice implementation of these skills in a practical environment.