Social (pragmatic) Communication Disorder

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Children with ADHD and anxiety appear to experience more emotional dysregulation than their peers. While they experience the same emotions as individuals their age, they experience them much more frequently and intensely. They may be more likely to get stuck and caught up in their emotion due to difficulties with executive functioning skills and seeing the bigger picture.



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Social (pragmatic) Communication Disorder

There is overlap with Social Communication Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder and differentiation is important. Deficits in four areas of communication manifest persistent difficulties in social settings, changing communication style in response to the listener, knowing when and how to use verbal and nonverbal signals or taking turns speaking, and unable to understand specifically what is communicated by another. Symptoms generally occur in early childhood yet may not manifest with difficulties until there are complex social situations or occupational performance.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Foley-Nicpon, M., Fosenburg, S. L., Wurster, K. G., & Assouline, S. G. (2017). Identifying high ability children with DSM-5 autism spectrum or social communication disorder: performance on autism diagnostic instruments. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 47(2), 460-471.

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