Children who are experiencing social communication challenges often struggle to communicate in group settings especially with their peers. These children likely communicate well at home with their parents but have more difficulty at school or daycare. Additionally, some children may have difficulty reading a person’s non-verbal or “body” language. Non-verbal language is necessary to know when to appropriately take a turn in conversation.
Cognitive-communication disorders are due to an impairment of cognitive processes, this may affect attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness and executive functioning skills. These may be due to developmental circumstances or from head injuries, strokes or degenerative diseases.