Eliseo Diez-Itza
University of Oviedo, Spain

Pragmatic social communication skills in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Participants: Clara Andrés-Roqueta; Raquel Flores Buils; Inmaculada Baixauli; Iria Botana; Manuel Peralbo; Verónica Martínez; Eliseo Diez-Itza.

Pragmatic difficulties in social communication are at the core of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and pose diagnostic and intervention challenges that research is increasingly addressing, as opposed to the traditional approach limited to formal levels of language. In this symposium, research results are presented from four groups that transversally cover the area of pragmatics in different Neurodevelopmental Disorders and with modern methodologies that include new protocols, digitalisation and telepractice. Firstly, a longitudinal study is presented on the evolution of pragmatic skills in children with ASD and their relationship with social, emotional and academic indicators. Secondly, the PleaseApp digital tool for the assessment and intervention of pragmatic and social communication skills at the receptive level in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, with results of its application to a group with ASD and TDL. Thirdly, the adaptation of "The Pragmatics Profile" for the early assessment of pragmatic skills and its value as a screening tool for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Finally, within the framework of the SYNDROLING Project of the LOGIN group, two studies are presented: the on-line assessment of narrative pragmatic competence in children with Noonan syndrome, including narrative macrostructure and microstructure and other linguistic and cognitive variables; and the assessment of interactive pragmatics using the PREP-CORP Protocol, based on the analysis of the predictability and priority of conversational turns in adults with Williams syndrome and Fragile X syndrome.

Eliseo Diez Itza. Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Oviedo, in the degree of Psychology ("Development, Communication and Language Acquisition") and Speech Therapy ("Language Acquisition and Speech Therapy", "Speech Therapy Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disability"). He is trained as a linguist, psychologist and speech therapist and is principal investigator of the accredited multidisciplinary group LOGIN (LOGopedia and Child Language). He is associated with the CHILDES Project of the International Association for the Study of Child Language. He directs the SYNDROLING project on comparative linguistic analysis of genetic syndromes, funded with grants from the National R&D&I Plan. He coordinates the IMPULSO(R) Project for digitalisation and telepractice in Speech Therapy. He was a founding member and President of the Association for the Study of Language Acquisition (AEAL). He has been Vice-Dean of Speech Therapy and Deputy Director of the ICE of the University of Oviedo, visiting professor in the Department of Language Development at Harvard University, in the Master's Degree in Phonic Studies (CSIC) and in the Master's Degree in Neurorehabilitation (Gimbernat-Cantabria). Editor of the journal Aula Abierta. Associate editor of the AELFA Journal (Elsevier) and Review editor of Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Communication. Member of the Editorial Board of the Revista Psicodidáctica and the Revista de Psicología y Educación. He has published in international publishing houses (Springer, John Benjamins, Routledge, Oxford University Press) and in intervention guides for professionals and families on Williams syndrome and Fragile X syndrome, collaborating with different associations of people with intellectual disabilities.



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