A recent article in Spectrum News unpacks the definition of social communication and how it relates to individuals with ASD. Communication is an inherently social behavior; the abilities to understand and respond to others, and to convey our own needs and ideas, are key to social interactions. The author explains that, while “social communication” may seem like a redundant term, understanding communication within a social context provides insight into some of the challenges associated with ASD. Some individuals with ASD may have difficulties reading facial expressions, using gestures, following the tempo of speech, modulating rhythm and intonation of speech (i.e., prosody), staying on topic, and taking conversational turns (i.e., pragmatics). However, the author emphasizes that communication is a two-way street, and that individuals with and without ASD can work together to accept the differences in the way they express themselves. To read the full Spectrum News article, click here!