Communication disorders

Social Communication Disorder: What You’re Seeing

By The Understood Team

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If your child is a good talker but something seems off in his social interactions, you could be noticing signs of a social communication disorder (SCD). Here’s what you might be seeing.

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Social Communication Disorders:
What You’re Seeing
All kids have awkward moments. But kids with social communication disorder (SCD) act in the following ways very frequently. It might even interfere with their ability to get along with others. Learn more. What You’re Seeing
Tends to be Very Literal
At home: Your child is always the last one to get a pun or joke.
At school: Your child doesn’t seem to know when kids are teasing him or are telling obvious lies, such as describing a short teacher as being very tall.
The issue: Kids with SCD often have trouble making inferences and understanding things that are implied.
Hogs the Conversation
At home: Your child constantly interrupts and doesn’t notice that it annoys others.
At school: Whenever your child answers a question in class, the teacher has to cut him off or else he’d keep talking and monopolize the discussion.
The issue: Kids with SCD have trouble understanding the give-and-take of conversation.
Lacks Social Graces
At home: When a friend reaches for a cookie, your child says, “Better not—you’ll get even bigger.”
At school: He says “I want to go to first” instead of asking the teacher “May I go first, please?”
The issue: Kids with SCD often have trouble expressing themselves appropriately. They may act the same way with a teacher as with a friend.
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The Understood Team is composed of writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.

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Laura Tagliareni, Ph.D., is a pediatric neuropsychologist in New York City and a clinical instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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