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Pragmatics, in the realm of language and communication, is the ability to read your audience and choose the appropriate response and use of language for the circumstances. One of the things that fascinating about Down syndrome is that there is a relatively high use of correct pragmatics. By comparison, if you have autism, you tends to be far less capable in terms of language pragmatics.
Alice and I went on our usual grocery shopping trip and as she was finishing up her list she turned to me and said, “Laaaast, but NOT LEAST…MILK!”. Perfect pragmatics for the situation. It made me bust out laughing because I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say, “last but not least.” She clued into my amusement and repeated it a few more times. Awesome.