Social (Pragmatic) Communication

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TitleSocial (Pragmatic) Communication
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBlaskey, L, Maldarelli, J
Book TitleThe Sage Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders
PublisherSage Encyclopedia
CityNew York, New York

Social (pragmatic) communication disorder (SCD) is defined by persistent difficulties using verbal and nonverbal communication to modulate social interactions. Individuals with SCD experience difficulty applying their linguistic skills in a varied manner across pragmatic contexts, limiting their ability to effectively communicate and socially engage with others. Within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), SCD is found in the communication disorders section of the neurodevelopmental disorders category. SCD was added to the DSM as an independent diagnosis in May 2013 when the 5th edition of the manual (DSM-5) was released. This entry describes the DSM-5 SCD criteria and provides information about evaluating, diagnosing, and treating SCD.