The Hyter Pragmatic Protocol Developed By Yvette Hyter, PhD, CCC-SLP Co Founder-CTAC
What Are Pragmatics and Social Communication? <ul><li>Social-communicative functions of language </li></ul><ul><li>“Allows us to exchange information, initiate and develop social relationships, cope with changing environmental demands and assert one’s needs, desires, and preferences” (Walker, Schwarz, Nippold, Irvin & Noell, 1994, p. 222) . </li></ul>
Background Information <ul><li>Disruptions of these social functions affects home, school, and personal interactions. </li></ul><ul><li>This may often result in maladaptive behaviors that are associated with FAS and Trauma (Burgess & Streissguth, 1992). </li></ul>
Social Communication Framework Decision Making Strategic Planning Executive Functions Social Cognition Understanding why people act in certain ways and what they are likely to do next Language Sentence Structure Word meanings Word relationships Social Language Use Adapted from Coggins, T. E., Timler,G. R. & Olswang, L.. B. (2007).
Table 1 Behavioral deficits that impair social communication, as observed by parents of school-age children and adolescents with fetal alcohol syndrome Poor social skills Demonstrates little desire to please socially significant people; limited social attachment; exercises poor social judgment. Shows difficulty reading social situations, and making inferences about other’s intentions. Verbal but not communicative Shows a tendency towards high verbal output. Often interjects comments based on personal experience that are either unrelated or remotely related to the topic at hand. Limited organizational skills Exhibits genuine difficulty in being able to plan and execute a series of goal-related actions Lacks understanding of cause-effect Repeats the same misguided action regardless of consequences. Gives little evidence of learning from experience, regardless of structure. Concrete thinkers and problem solvers Decisions are based on intuitive judgments rather than conscious attention or critical thinking. Impulsive Acts hastily or on sudden impulse without evidence of forethought.