Who would benefit from Dramatic Pragmatics social language groups?
- Students WITH OR WITHOUT a formal diagnosis who are having trouble making/maintaining friendships and deciphering the "social code"
- Students who excel in academics but have not mastered "the social code"
- Students who are considered "quirky," inflexible and "conversationally out of sync"
- Students who have difficulty accessing language due to word retrieval difficulty and who "freeze up" and "shut down" when put into the social arena
- Students with difficulty with "executive functioning" including impulse control, self-monitoring, planning, and being able to share their experiences by telling an organized, sequential story and picking out only the most important parts to tell
- Students who have difficulty knowing how to initiate conversation, how to react to what others say and how to maintain a topic
- Students who struggle to make appropriate comments, ask appropriate questions and follow up questions to keep a conversation going
- Students who have regulatory issues and can't identify or regulate emotions and emotional states and who frequently "get stuck" on a thought or theme
- Students who have difficulty making inferences and integrating information to form the appropriate social conclusion and plan
- Students with poor problem solving skills who are poor social thinkers
- Students with general language/learning disabilities that impact social thinking, executive functioning and social interaction
- Students who get "overly silly" and "in your face" or who try too hard as the "class clown"
- Students who have difficulty understanding social situations, interpreting social cues and joining into groups
- Students who are not aware of the negative impressions they are giving off because of their unexpected behaviors and lack of conversational appropriateness
- Students who monopolize conversations, who over talk and cannot get to the point
- Students who tend to be rigid and "the Rules Police" with their peers
- Students who cannot modulate volume and have poor impulse control
- Students who have meltdowns and poor coping skills and cannot share, negotiate, compromise, cooperate or be a "team player"
- Students who have poor perspective taking ability and have one sided "Me" thinking
- Students with difficulty transitioning from one task to another At Dramatic Pragmatics, we are not about labels, but about each child maximizing their communication and social development. If your child struggles with the complex demands of social interaction, with the appropriate use of language as a social tool, with reading and responding to social cues and with figuring out "the whys" and "how to's" of making and maintaining friendships, then your student would benefit from a Dramatic Pragmatic Social Language Group. The Dramatic Pragmatics methodology is most effective for students with near average to above average cognitive abilities.