Relationships are built on stories. It’s how we share our past and imagine our futures. It’s how we make people laugh and cry. It’s how we connect and feel understood.
But what if you tend to stand too close to your friends when you tell your story? Or you sometimes say unrelated things during conversations? Or you don’t understand that you should speak differently to your friends than you do to your teacher?
Understanding the rules of social language can have a big impact on social acceptance.
Sometimes this is a matter of just being shy, talking to quietly, not being old enough to have learned the rules just yet, or maybe having trouble in a particular social context (trouble talking to the principal anyone?). Story Stage Social Language groups, SocialStory, can help kids and teens master appropriate volume, tone of voice, eye contact, interrupting, and knowing the rules for conversation whether they’re speaking to a parent, friend, or teacher.
Story Stage offers a unique, engaging, safe place for kids and teens to try out their social language skills with a small group of supportive peers. This program combines what we know from speech pathology and current thinking in educational neuroscience to help kids and teens find their voices in social situations. Groups work together to build short plays using props and improv based on their own personal experiences and ideas. Along the way, they learn to give and receive constructive feedback among their peer group and build confidence for using language effectively.
Sometimes there are more significant concerns, and the professional services of a Speech-Language Pathologist are in order. Story Stage Social Language groups are often an appropriate extension of individual therapy, or a final step to assist with the generalization of newly learned skills in a context beyond the therapy room.
(Speech-language pathologists are skilled at helping individuals who struggle with social language. Check out the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) page on Social Language and Pragmatics to learn more.