Pragmatics describes the way we understand and use language and communication in social situations.
This includes our verbal skills, such as changing the way we speak depending on who we’re speaking to and taking turns in a conversation. It also includes our non-verbal skills, like body language, facial expressions and eye contact.
While your child may be able to speak complex sentences, this doesn’t always mean they understand how to use language and communication effectively.
If your child is having trouble using language and communication effectively, you’ll notice that they:
There are a number of techniques you can use to help your child develop their pragmatics, including:
If you’ve tried all of these techniques and you’re still not seeing any improvement after three months, please speak to your GP or health professional.
Our team run online workshops on early language development. They are designed for parents and carers and those working within early years settings. We have three training sessions available on different topics to equip you with everyday strategies to support your child, aged up to five. Please visit our Speech and Language Therapy service page for more information and to register.