Semantic pragmatic disorder

Semantic pragmatic disorder impacts on the way a child uses social language. Because of the impact on social communication, there is some belief that semantic pragmatic disorder is an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

In our experience, this difficulty can range significantly in severity and levels of support will range accordingly.

The primary source of support for semantic pragmatic disorder is via a speech and language therapist.

It is important that all people working with children with semantic pragmatic disorder understand their difficulties and the provision they require. In almost all cases, a child with semantic pragmatic disorder will have special educational needs (SEN).

Depending on the severity of the impact of the disorder, a child with semantic pragmatic disorder may be adequately supported through SEN additional support whereas others may require an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)Special educational needs advice should be sought to consider what level of support is necessary.


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