Adult Speech Therapy Services

Language Disorders in Adults Treatment

A language disorder impairs a person’s ability to interact and communicate appropriately with others.

Individuals with speech and language disorders may have difficulty initiating or maintaining conversations, interpreting verbal and non-verbal cues, understanding jokes or non-literal language, and maintaining back-and-forth conversations. They may also have difficulty using receptive language and following rules of conversation, such as taking turns when speaking or responding appropriately to the other person’s comments.

A language disorder is a neurological disorder that can be caused by many factors, including genetics, traumatic brain injury, and environmental factors. People with a social communication disorder can also have difficulty expressing their thoughts or understanding the thoughts of others, as well as following social routines and adjusting their communication depending on their environment. As a result, those with social pragmatic communication disorder often experience difficulty in social situations and miss important opportunities for developing conversational skills and interpersonal connections. It is important to note that while these types of speech disorders can cause challenges in daily life, they are treatable through speech therapy intervention.

Adults additionally use social skills for significant events, such as attending parties, interviewing for jobs, requesting loans, ordering food, making speeches, making friends, and more! Speech intervention may be beneficial in making difficult interactions far easier.

Some language comprehension difficulties might include the following:

  • Holding a conversation
  • Taking turns in conversation
  • Difficulty hearing and processing spoken words
  • Understanding sarcasm, jokes, or nonliteral language
  • Joining/exiting a group in conversation appropriately
  • Using appropriate topics in conversation
  • Identifying and being aware of the emotions of another
  • Taking perspectives to relate to others
  • Following social norms

Social communication encompasses the following:

Pragmatics is considered the main focus of social communication. Pragmatics is the ability to communicate appropriately in social situations. This includes the appropriate use of and focus on language, physical cues, auditory cues, and visual cues to communicate information in a variety of social settings with a variety of conversational partners.

How Do You Work on These Skills?

Treating a language and speech disorder requires a comprehensive speech language pathology approach involving multiple components.

First, it is important to identify the areas of difficulty and work on building the person’s language and/or social communication skills. This might include identifying some areas that the client feels would be good to focus on, such as making friends, practicing interviewing skills, or learning how to meet new people.

The most successful way for an adult to improve social communication skills is to learn strategies for social interactions, describe how to use strategies and skills appropriately, practice them in “pretend” scenarios and practice them in “real-life” scenarios. Additionally, a speech language pathologist may also utilize therapeutic techniques such as role-play and visual support such as written words to help the person learn appropriate expressive language in social settings.

Finally, it is also helpful for family members and teachers to understand how their loved one or student communicates, so they can provide them with the support and assistance they need to succeed. Family and friends are so important in this process for clients to learn how to communicate better and share how they communicate with their loved ones.

I Just Have Some Difficulty with These Skills. Why Do I Need Speech Therapy?

From talking with friends to collaborating at work, we are always interacting, communicating, and working with others. We have to learn how to work with a variety of personalities, perspectives, and outlooks! That can be difficult for those with social communication issues. Working on social language skills increases the likelihood of success in various environments and stages of life, such as school, college, jobs, friendships, and romantic relationships. Pragmatics therapy can build your social communication skills and provide a “plan” for interacting with people in every environment we will participate in. Social skills are not necessarily intuitive! Someone who presents with social skill difficulties may be aware that these skills are difficult and feel uncomfortable or nervous navigating social environments without support.

How Are Social Communication Disorders Diagnosed?

Evaluations for social communication challenges involve an extensive review of the person’s history, language abilities, and day-to-day functioning. Speech language pathologists at Silver Linings typically evaluate a wide range of factors, skills, and pragmatics, such as vocabulary, grammar, and language concepts. In addition to assessing these communication abilities, they also assess their ability to complete social routines, engage in conversation appropriately, and understand nonverbal communication. Speech therapists will also consider other relevant factors, such as client-specified goals, client desires for therapy, and patient and family education.

Clinicians Providing These Services:
Megan Crisler Megan Zecher