Social Communication Disorders
And Phone Applications That Are Available To Improve Social Communication.
Social communication and the definition of “rules for how we use language in different situations with different people” was shared in a separate blog. It was shared that social communication can be broken into the three main topics of using language, changing language, and following rules.
While following these social communication rules may come easily and naturally to some people, other people have more difficulties using appropriate social communication skills. These people may have a social communication disorder. According to ASHA (The American Speech Language Hearing Association), a social communication disorder can be defined as, “difficulties with the use of verbal and nonverbal language for social purposes.” Some examples may be laughing at an inappropriate moment, changing the topic in the middle of a conversation, lack of eye contact, or even standing too closely to someone while speaking with them.
How can a person improve social communication skills?
In addition to seeking the help of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) for testing and therapy to assist in learning appropriate social communication, there are several applications (also known as an “app”) that are available to practice social skills on your own.
The first app available through iTunes is called Practicing Pragmatics by Super Duper Publications.
Cards with different social situations are provided. These are common occurrences in our daily lives such as, “You have to walk between two people who are talking. What do you say?”
Another app is called Conversation Builder by Mobile Education Store, LLC.
This app provides opportunity to engage in a conversation. You have the option to select a specific topic (i.e., Friends, Around Town, Holidays, etc.). Once a module is selected, the conversation begins. It provides a picture and three choices for you to choose from for the best response. You are able to record yourself saying the correct response. The conversation goes back and forth until it is completed. At the end of the conversation, you have the opportunity to listen to the full conversation.
One last app is called Emotions by I Can Do Apps, LLC.
This app teaches people about the many types of emotions, how to identify them, and what is an appropriate emotion given a specific situation. For example, one question asks, “Alex was at the store with mom. Alex wandered away. Suddenly, Alex couldn’t find mom anywhere. Alex was scared. How does Alex look?” Three pictures are provided to select how Alex looked (scared). It also can provide simpler questions such as, “Who is happy?”, followed by three pictures from which to choose.