What are pragmatics?

Pragmatics or the rules for social language is another area in which speech and language therapists may work with children. Pragmatics involve using language for specific purposes, such as greeting, informing, demanding, promising, or requesting; changing language according to the needs of the listener or situation, such as talking differently to a peer than to an adult or giving context to an unfamiliar listener; following rules for conversations and storytelling, such as taking turns in conversation, introducing topics, or rephrasing when misunderstood, using appropriate verbal and non verbal gestures, facial expressions and eye-contact.

A child with pragmatic difficulties/disorders may use complex language but still have a communication difficulties such as saying inappropriate or unrelated things during conversations, telling stories in a disorganized way or have little variety in their language use and topics.