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Social Communication Difficulties

We are able to carry out assessments, diagnose and see children with Social Communication Disorders. Children with Social Communication Disorders will have difficulties using language for social purposes, for example holding conversations, telling stories and using figurative language. There are a range of evidence-based interventions which may focus on understanding ‘unwritten’ social rules, comprehending ambiguous language or regulating emotions.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists describes the following aspects of Social Communication Disorder:

  • Social Communication Disorder has overlapping features with previous clinical terms such as ‘pragmatic language impairment’ and ‘semantic-pragmatic language disorder’
  • Speech and Language Therapist may rely more heavily on parent/teacher reports of communication in everyday contexts and observation of pragmatics in naturalistic contexts depending on the abilities of the CYP
  • Children with Social Communication Disorders are at higher risk of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

I contacted Justine about my 2.5 year old after his nursery raised some concerns about his mouth regularly being open and excess dribbling. Justine took the time to thoroughly understand the issue and the flags that nursery had identified as well as a detailed background of my son's life to date. She then provided us with some very useful advice but concluded we wouldn't benefit from treatment at this stage. I really appreciated her friendly and pragmatic communication and felt reassured after speaking with her that I knew how to help my son. I appreciated the time she invested, especially given it didn't result in any specific work for her. Thank you!


Justine is an amazing therapist, my daughter has been lucky enough to see her in London weekly for Prompt therapy for the past 3 years. My daughters speech has improved so much as a result of her seeing Justine every week. I’m so grateful she gets to see Justine and can’t recommend her enough.


I would recommend working with Justine, she is very kind, very patient and has found the perfect way to make my child understand, thank you so much Justine.


You have been a magician for Tristan!


Justine you are an amazing,caring and passionate lady. We can't thank you enough.

Trisha and Marcus

Dear Justine, Thank you for being so wonderful and caring for Damien the way you have we really appreciate everything you have done for him.

Damien & Maria

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