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Social (pragmatic) communication disorder (SCD) is a new neurodevelopmental communication disorder introduced in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Previous terminology for this disorder includes pragmatic language impairment and pragmatic-semantic disorder; these terms are primarily used within the disciplines of linguistics, language development, and speech-language pathology; these terms were not included in earlier versions of the DSM. SCD is described in the DSM-5 as deficits in both the verbal and the nonverbal communication skills that are needed in social interactions. Clinical features of SCD include difficulties in all the following areas: (a) using appropriate communication for specific purposes; (b) changing communication style to match the situation (e.g., speaking differently with adults than with a peer); (c) using appropriate conversations and ...

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