Semantic = the relationship between words or sentences and their meanings
Pragmatic= making language work in context
Semantic Pragmatic Disorder is a communication disorder.
This condition can be described as the 'outer spectrum of Autism', as Autistic pupils will all have semantic pragmatic difficulties.
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A ten year old boy talking on this clip demonstrating his ability to recall facts and information, but having some difficulties with answering less direct questions.
Available from: Free Interactive Timetable
Produced by the Down's Syndrome Association, this program can be downloaded and used to easily produce timetables with pictorial clues for young children and those with more complex difficulties. These timetables are great for sequencing simple events to aid memory…
Students with S.P.D have a different style of learning language, and tend to memorise rather than knowing individual words. They can learn whole chunks of adult phrases, and because they are unsure which are the important elements they tend to learn everything accurately including intonation and the accent of the speaker.
They can say much more than they understand, but they can speak in a flat or 'sing songy' voice when echoing other people's language.
Some students can present as egocentric as they only understand language from their own perspective.
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