Why are these groups led by speech-pathologists?

As speech-language pathologists, we are uniquely qualified to understand and support the receptive and expressive communication demands of social interaction and social problem solving. We see social skills through a “language lens.” Because of our language training in discourse skills, oral narrative development, word retrieval, language formulation, making inferences, predicting outcome, and language processing, we are best equipped to develop these skill sets in students. We can assess whether they have the underlying language foundation skills so that they can fully participate in the complex and rapid exchange of ideas, comments, questions, negotiations, arguments, and the friendly banter of conversation.  All speech language pathologists at DP have recieved advanced clinical training and an additional fellowship period studying pragmatic language at Dramatic Pragmatics.  Each group is run by one of our highly trained speech pathologists who are pragmatic language and social skills specialists.