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Students With Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder Excel at Franklin Academy

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Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder

Social pragmatic communication disorder (SPCD) refers to marked challenges with both nonverbal and verbal communication skills used in social settings. Students with SPCD can have trouble effectively communicating, participating socially, maintaining social relationships, or performing academically. The effects of SPCD and the severity of symptoms differ in each person. Franklin Academy serves all genders of students with Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder who meet admission requirements.

Succeeding at Franklin

Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder is very much a part of our school language here at Franklin Academy. We work with students to help them understand their strengths and challenges, promoting self-awareness and self-reliance. A review of individual diagnoses is an essential part of the conversation. These discussions set the stage for personal growth. Since Franklin Academy’s founding in 2001, our school’s competency-based curriculum has made it possible for bright students identified with SPCD to pursue collegiate goals, professional aspirations, and satisfying lives filled with meaningful relationships.

Known for serving students with Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder, Franklin Academy challenges students academically and addresses four critical areas to promote success: Executive Functioning, Social Competencies, Emotional Intelligence, and Self-Care/Self-Advocacy. Our holistic approach to education in a safe and supportive school environment makes it possible for students with SPCD to realize their potential, advance to higher education, and make their mark on the world.

Is Franklin Academy Right for Your Student?

Strengths for Franklin Academy Students with Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder Often Include:

  • Acceptance of others
  • Compassion
  • The desire to succeed
  • Rule following
  • Courage and resiliency
  • Desire for friendships

Challenges for Franklin Academy Students with Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder Often Include:

  • Missing both verbal and nonverbal cues
  • Awkward communication in certain social contexts
  • Adapting communication skills to different social contexts
  • Using nonverbal communication techniques during social interactions, such as eye contact and hand gestures
  • May have difficulty understanding inferences, sarcasm, metaphors, and idioms
  • Making and/or keeping friends

“Finding Your School Has Been a Blessing For Our Whole Family”

If one’s rationale for being a teacher is to make a positive difference in the life of students, there is no better opportunity to affect lives than right here, right now at Franklin Academy. This is what our parents tell us.

  • “You truly do save kids, families and lives.”
  • “For the first time in John’s life he might be in the right place at the right time.”
  • “We can’t believe how lucky we – and Ryan – are!”
  • “Thank you for giving our daughter Emmeline an education and a life.”
  • “As we left the school he said “Mom, I finally feel there is hope.”

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Franklin Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation means that our school meets the criteria for those standards of excellence by which the “educational community assures the high quality of each member school.” NEASC commends Franklin Academy for creating an academic program and residential community that completely matches its mission. Additionally, Franklin Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, comprising the best private independent schools in the country.

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Phone: 860-873-2700
Fax: 860-873-9345
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