Children with social-cognitive deficits and how to recognize them

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by Elaine Byrd
Social cognition is defined as "the thought processes we use to understand the world around us". It measures our ability to gather information about and to understand the rules and concepts within the social world.

Social norms vary from culture to culture, country to country, and even state to state; however, a child with social-cognitive deficits will have a tough time understanding and applying these norms regardless of culture, country, or state.

What do children with social-cognitive deficits look like? They come from a broad range of medical "diagnoses", to include Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, and ADD/ADHD. These children can have an excellent grasp of language and rule-based learning, and at the same time, have significant problems functioning in the world around them. They are usually referred to as "bright but clueless".

Regardless of diagnosis, a child with social-cognitive deficits desires successful social relationships and wants to have friends and companionship, like everyone else.

If this description fits your child, he or she may benefit from a s
ocial skills group! These groups are offered at Child & Family Development, and they focus on improving social awareness to improve social skills.

Please contact me, Elaine Byrd, speech therapist at or visit my blog for more information!

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