chapter  11
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The Language of Social Communication: Running Pragmatics Groups in Schools and Clinical Settings

In a world that values social competence so highly, most people are continually evaluating each other's social competence to make decisions about forming friendships or working relationships or simply sustaining conversations. For individuals with Asperger's Syndrome this spells trouble, because they do not learn the language of social interaction intuitively or readily. Instead, they learn language social skills only if taught in an explicit, step-by-step manner, thereby enabling them to taste the benefits of the social world.