• A huge area of Speech-Language Pathology is Social Pragmatics. Someone might make sounds properly and form complex sentences with good grammar, read effectively and comprehend complex material, yet still have trouble with communication if s/he has not mastered the rules for social language known as Pragmatics. Pragmatics include three basic skills: using language for different purposes; changing language to suit the listener’s needs and context; following rules for conversations and story-telling. Pragmatic skills aid an individual in forming and maintaining positive relationships with both peers and adults. The ability to take someone’s perspective, mask one’s true beliefs, and persuade others is required to facilitate and retain working relationships in a wide variety of social, and academic, situations. Individuals who have a hard time in these areas don't always recognize and consequently utilize many of the basic skills that come naturally to most people. That's when we work on Pragmatics! Many of you will join several of your peers (and me!) in groups where we can work on this stuff. 
     
    We call these groups different things, but we work on the same things. We meet one day each cycle for about 30 minutes and we talk about stuff, play games, maybe do a little learning in the process. Depending on which grade you're in, you might get to practice interviewing skills and write a resume. Sometimes we work on handling money. We might talk about something that happened during the day, and brainstorm some ways to deal with it. Group is a time for you to unwind from your busy days at school, and a chance to meet other students you may not ordinarily come across.