2023 SLP Posters

Faculty Advisor

Uma Soman



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In 2013, the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) introduced the diagnosis of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SPCD) as a disorder characterized by deficits in pragmatic abilities. Many professionals often compare this diagnosis to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) due to their similarities in diagnostic criteria. However, unlike ASD, SPCD currently has no standardized assessments created specifically for this diagnosis. Furthermore, SPCD lacks culturally valid assessment tools. Considering recent research and data on SPCD and methods to provide culturally valid evaluations, this poster aims to provide a resource for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) to self-educate and improve their cultural responsiveness in this area and in general. While there is a need for more research in this area and the formal assessments used to help assess social communication skills in culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, clinicians must harness the resources available to educate themselves and provide the best possible diagnosis and intervention for clients and their families.


Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder​, SPCD, Pragmatic abilities, Diverse clients, Cultural responsiveness


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


College of Education and Allied Health


Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Program

Speech-Language Pathology

Publication Date

Spring 2023


Fontbonne University Archives


St. Louis, MO

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Cultural Responsiveness in Assessing Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder​



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