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7. Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder

Children with social dfiulties as well as verbal and on verbal communication problems, who may have previously qualified for the diagnosis of PDD, NOS or Asperger's disorder, yet do not meet the DSM V criteria for ASD.

  • Inappropriate verbal and nonverbal communication, manifested by 1-4.
    1. Deficit in social communication
    2. Impairment in adjusting communication to match the context. (speaking the same to adults, children, and class or playground.)
    3. Difficulties following rules of conversation and communication. ( Taking turns, rephrasing when misunderstood, regulating interaction appropriately.)
    4. Difficulty understanding beyond direct meaning of words. (Nonliteral, double or ambiguous meaning, humor, metaphors, idioms, that require interpretation of the communication).
  • The deficits cause a significant impairment in social relationships, communication, academics or occupation.
  • Onset in early developmental period. (but may manifest later).
  • The symptoms are not due to other medical conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder,low IQ, developmental or mental disorders.

Unspecified Communication Disorder

Socal or communication disorder causing a significant impairment in function, but criteria for social pragmatic communication disorder are not met.


Other topics in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) section:
ASD Main Page
1. What is ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?
2. How is ASD diagnosed?
3. The DSMV V criteria for ASD
4. What is PDD and Asperger's disorder?
5. How does a typical child with ASD present?
6. The ASD assessment scale/screening questionnaire
7. Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
8. Who should be evaluated for ASD?
9. What are the causes of ASD?
10. Laboratory testing guidelines
11. What is the best treatment for ASD?
12. Behavioral modification
13. Prognosis (long term outcome) of ASD
14. Differential diagnosis for ASD
15. ASD and the educational (school) system
16. Associations related to ASD
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