Social communication disorders may include problems with social interaction, social cognition, and pragmatics. Signs and symptoms of social communication disorders include problems with social interaction (e.g., speech style and context, rules for linguistic politeness), social cognition (e.g., emotional competence, understanding emotions of self and others), and pragmatics (e.g., communicative intentions, body language, eye contact). Assessment, parent and teacher report is used to determine if a child is eligible for the group.
Caint therapy runs groups targeting social skills in peer groups. The use of peers is to support a naturalistic intervention. Therapy goals include conversation skills, such as initiating, asking questions and turn taking, non-verbal communication skills and paralinguistic skills (volume, rate and fluency).