Language Pragmatics and NLD

It's As Plain As The Nose On Your Face

A Presentation by Susan Diamond, M.A., CCC

Sue Diamond,   has created an excellent new video, "Pragmatic Language."  This video is for parents, educators and professionals; it provides strategies, activities and assessment ideas to help children make gains in social language skills. ($49. incl. tax, shipping, handling) To order, make checks payable to Sue Diamond M.A., CCC.  2916 San Jose Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501.  Phone and FAX:  510 814 0555. Allow four to six weeks for delivery.

NLDline would like to thank Susan Diamond for allowing us to reprint her handout at the 2nd Annual SHARE Support, Inc. NLD Symposium, April 1998.

Susan Diamond is a licensed speech and language pathologist with a private practice in Alameda, California.  She specializes in diagnosis and treatment of children with articulation, voice, stuttering and language disorders and delays.

Susan has over twelve years experience in her field.   She has contracted her services to hospitals and schools and has conducted workshops for training other therapists and teachers.

Sue Diamond's qualifications include a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology and a state license from the California Board of Medical Assurance.   She is also certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (Certificate of Clinical Competence).

Her memberships included:  American Speech and Hearing Association, California Speech and Hearing 'Association, Association of Educational Therapists, and National Education Association.  She is a past president of the San Mateo Country Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

Ms. Diamond is the author of Language Lessons in the Classroom ($29.95), which includes the excellent "Listen Up" lesson, a pragmatic lesson for the classroom.  The teacher can use the tools from this lesson to obtain the needed pragmatic skills throughout the school year.  It teaches students and teachers what listening "looks like".  Susan is also the co-author of Webs For Language ($18.95) a publication with exercises which offers students the ability to organize and sequence their thoughts using appropriate language structures in written language.  In essence, it teaches them to write a formulated paragraph.   (ECL Publications P.O. Box 26, 11121 West Michigan Avenue, Suite A, Youngtown, AZ 85363,  602 974 4560).  Both books have been best sellers for four consecutive years.

To order an  audiotape of her 1998 presentation, call 800 238  9009.

I.  Pragmatic Language

II.  Pragmatic Skills

III.  Problem Solving

IV.  Language Processing

V.  Idiomatic Language

VI.  Pragmatic Cues

VII.  Language Activities


Pragmatic Language is defined as "the social use of language:   Use of language & communication behaviors needed to interact effectively and appropriately with others."

Individual diagnosed with NLD display difficulties with many aspects of pragmatic language skills.

Delayed pragmatic skills need to be individually assessed and addressed.   Various cues can be used to develop each skill.  Repetition and consistency is the key to obtaining social language goals.


Pragmatic Language Chart

Introduces topic clearly
Maintains topic across turns
Changes/shifts topic appropriately
Chooses appropriate topic for context
Responds with information on topic
Waits for a turn to speak
Uses pauses when speaking
Uses an appropriate amount of verbiage
Checks for listener understanding
Uses responses when listening
Restates what speaker said
Asks questions when listening
Convinces and persuades:  no anger
Accepts peers' opinions:  no anger
Offers and supports own opinions
Relays pertinent information
Gathers and requests information
Gets to the point
Uses greetings and farewells
Uses thank yous and apologies
Asks permission (asks not tells)
Asks for help
Receives and gives compliments
Uses phone skills appropriately
Asks to play appropriately
Expresses feelings
Joins in to play
Compromises/ negotiates
Uses cooperative / associative play
Uses appropriate slang with peers
Uses appropriate volume
Uses appropriate prosody
Uses formal or informal context
Comprehends humor / sarcasm
Uses appropriate response time
Uses eye contact
Uses appropriate proximity
Uses facial expressions
Understands facial and body gestures
Uses body language to enhance meaning
Minimizes distracting movements


Click to look at a Speaker - Listener Activity