Social Communication

Social communication is our ability to appropriately use language to influence others and interpret events. It contributes significantly to social competence – the capacity to fulfil our needs and meet expectations in social interactions. 

There are many skills involved with social competence, including:

  • Language skills
  • Social skills
  • Emotional regulation
  • Perspective-taking
  • Understanding context and “the bigger picture”
  • Memory and attention

Some Difficulties We Might See

Individuals with social communication difficulties may have trouble with:

  • Establishing and maintaining friendships
  • Regulating emotions
  • Self-advocacy
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Self-esteem
  • Understanding figurative language (e.g., metaphors, similes, etc.)