The development of a child’s language abilities and particularly their aptitude to use those abilities in service of social interaction, i.e., social communication, are key to successful functioning in the world. Social communication requires a complex combination of abilities wherein a language user accesses and amalgamates information from a number of different biological mechanisms and psychological and social knowledge bases. To engage in social communication a child must integrate verbal and non-verbal cues with inferences about their conversational partners’ social status, their knowledge and mental states, as well as with cues from the physical environment in which the exchange takes place. Capable social communicators skillfully integrate these abilities and sources of knowledge. As a result, they are able to form and maintain interpersonal relationships with peers and adults, and, importantly, to become functioning members of their community.
Citation: Izaryk K, Skarakis-Doyle E, Campbell W, Kertoy M (2015) Social Communication Functioning: An Appraisal of Current Assessment Tools through the Lens of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health – Child & Youth Version. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 3:134. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000134