Pragmatic (social) language disorders

Social Use of Language: A pragmatic (social) language disorder can include difficulty with any of the following skills necessary for developing strong peer relationships:

  • Trouble with initiating conversations or engaging in conversations

  • Difficulty with interpreting the size of a problem

  • Trouble developing appropriate solutions to problems

  • Difficulty with turn-taking or sustaining joint attention

  • Difficulty making friends or maintaining friendships

  • Difficulty taking others’ perspectives


A social language disorder can have a negative impact on the overall development of a child, and may often present as behaviors or low self-esteem/confidence. These factors can further impact academic performance and social participation.

If you concerned your child may have a pragmatic language disorder, contact us to discuss your concerns and learn how Speech Matters can help with our in-home services.