DS will be five at the end of May.
Hi and welcome!
Pragmatic speech is social speech.
As Heather said, pragmatic speech measures his ability to understand and hold an interactive conversation rather than just being able to *talk*.
When my son was little I remember they asked me questions like "how many words does he have" (lots but they were all labels. -I never thought to mention this) and if he could string two words together. I answered that he could because he used to say sentences (which were all quotes from movies. Again I didn't know this was bad)
So his delay was nearly missed because the wrong questions were asked.
These days, I believe they concentrate more on pragmatics; on communication rather than just talking, asking questions such as "can he answer a yes or no question (with "yes" or "no")?"
A book that worked very well for us (but not for everyone on this board) was "123 magic". Another invaluable tool was a timer to aid transitions: "brush teeth for bed in five minutes!" *click*
I have to run but I wish you the best with the eval. Please feel free to post here and ask as many questions as you need in the meantime. You don't need an official DX to join the board
...and please let us know how the eval goes.
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Thanks for the replies, ladies.
Hello and welcome to the board. My son is close to your little guys age. He just turned 5 in Feb. Gabe has a long list of language issues.
Your comment of you son choosing not to say something sounds just like my little guy....except we figured out that it isn't that Gabe doesn't want to talk...it's more along the lines that he doesn't know how to put the words together to talk. We still do a lot of prompting.
I wouldn't understand why the neurologist wouldn't want to do a pragmatic test anyway. Pragmatic issues run amuck when it comes to autism.
I hope you get some answers soon. This board is wonderful. I have been coming here since Gabe was three. I have learned a lot from these ladies!! They are a plethora of knowledge!
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