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At a Glance: How Communication Issues Affect Socializing

By Lexi Walters Wright

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Making and keeping friends are important skills to learn. But communication issues can affect kids’ ability to be social. These examples explain how.

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At a Glance: 22 Ways Communication Issues Affect Socializing

Learning and attention issues can affect how your child communicates. And when it comes to socializing, communication is crucial. Take a look at these 22 examples.

Here are communication issues that affect socializing for kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder:
Talks excessively or nonstop
Has difficulty understanding social cues
Has trouble taking turns when talking or playing games
Looks as if he hears what people are saying, but doesn’t seem to listen or understand
Can’t stay quiet or seated
Acts without thinking about the consequences of his actions
Has trouble controlling temper outbursts
Is slow to process what others say or ask for
Gets bored of conversations or games easily and leaves
“Spaces out” or daydreams frequently

Here are communication issues that affect socializing for kids with auditory processing disorder:
Has difficulty understanding social cues
Can’t follow directions in the order they were given
Looks as if he hears what people are saying, but doesn’t seem to listen or understand
Can’t remember details of what people tell him
Doesn’t seem to be able to pay attention in noisy places
Is slow to process what others say or ask for

Here are communication issues that affect socializing for kids with executive functioning issues:
Has great language skills, but struggles to organize his thoughts into stories others can follow
Has trouble taking turns when talking or playing games
Can’t remember details of what people tell him
Has trouble controlling temper outbursts
Is slow to process what others say or ask for
Has difficulty making plans or setting dates
Doesn’t usually ask for help when he needs it

Here are communication issues that affect socializing for kids with nonverbal learning disabilities:
Has great language skills, but struggles to organize his thoughts into stories others can follow
Talks excessively or nonstop
Can memorize and repeat info—but shares it at the wrong time
Stands too close to others or follows them around during casual conversations
Has difficulty understanding social cues
Doesn’t know how or when to join a conversation
Has trouble taking turns when talking or playing games
Doesn’t initiate social interactions with others
Responds minimally or in an odd way when others try to socialize with him

Here are communication issues that affect socializing for kids with social communication disorder:
Can memorize and repeat info—but shares it at the wrong time
Has trouble introducing topics of conversation or staying on topic
Has difficulty understanding social cues
Doesn’t know how or when to join a conversation
Looks as if he hears what people are saying, but doesn’t seem to listen or understand
Doesn’t initiate social interactions with others
Responds minimally or in an odd way when others try to socialize with him

Here are communication issues that affect socializing for kids with receptive language disorder:
Can’t follow directions in the order they were given
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Lexi Walters Wright

A veteran writer and editor for parenting magazines and websites, Lexi Walters Wright has a master’s degree in library and information science and is proud to serve families at Understood.org.

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Reviewed by Mark Griffin, Ph.D. Feb 05, 2014 Feb 05, 2014

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