Social Communication

We use social communication skills on a daily basis when interacting with others.  For many, the use of social language is an intuitive process, not requiring considerable thought.  For others, including those diagnosed with Asperger’s and other forms of autism, social communication poses a considerable challenge.

Social cognition is the process of acquiring, understanding, and using social knowledge when interacting with others using both verbal (i.e., speaking) and non-verbal (e.g., facial expressions, eye contact, etc.) communication.  A key to social cognition is the ability to understand the perspectives of others.

A Step Above Speech-Language Pathology provides effective, evidence-based social communication techniques to assist in developing the following skills:

  • Turn-taking
  • Eye contact
  • Topic initiation/maintenance
  • Knowledge of appropriate facial expressions
  • Understanding the role of expressive language (e.g., small talk, responding to teasing and bullying)
  • Listening skills
  • Social etiquette

High interest activities, including role-plays, are used to teach critical social communication skills.

Individual and group sessions are available.  Please call A Step Above Speech-Language Pathology today to inquire about social communication groups that meet the unique needs of your child.


Social Communication in Northern Virginia

If you are interested in our speech and language services, please contact us for more information.  We cater to clients in Northern Virginia, specifically in Falls Church, Arlington, Vienna, Mclean, Annandale, Fairfax and Washington, D.C.