10 Tips for Parents of Tweens and Teens with Pragmatic Language Problems

1. Use movies and sit-coms as a means to discuss social problem solving

     and empathy.


2.  Play “Apples to Apples” for practice with perspective taking and
     figurative language.


3.  Spend some time alone with your child with no agendas, obligations or
      lecturing. Talk about the activity on hand to avoid pushing any buttons.


4.  Start using as much abstract language as possible through idioms (as
     strong as an ox), proverbs (“While the cat is away the mice will play.”)
     and slang (“My bad.”).   Discuss in literal terms as needed for
     comprehension.


5. Divide cleaning, organization  and homework tasks into smaller
    units and put in a check list format.


6.  Use facial expression without talking to convey emotions to increase use
     of social cues (e.g tighten lips to convey anger).


7.  Use calm and slow speech if you want your child to speak slower 
     and/or more fluent.


8.  Play “Charades” to increase attention to nonverbal detail.
   
9.  Help your child initiate social plans by problem solving on who to invite,
     the best way to invite (text, face book, call, ask in school), nature
     of  the  plan and  when.


10. Try to increase the number of back and forth conversational turns
       per topic.     




    

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