Children with language disorders may have problems with social language and social skills. For example, they may be overly direct or blunt; they may change topics abruptly and interrupt each other often. They may not understand turn taking in conversation.
It is not unusual for children to have pragmatic problems occasionally or in a few situations. However, if problems in social language use occur often and seem inappropriate considering the child's age, a pragmatic disorder may exist. Frequently, pragmatic disorders co-exist with other language problems such as vocabulary/concept development or grammar or other developmental disorders.
Pragmatics involves three major communication skills:
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