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SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS: Strengthening Social Communication Skills
Presented by Angie Neal, MS, CCC-SLP
Specifically Designed for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students in Grades PreK-12
- Practical, easy-to-implement strategies for students with social communication difficulties that can be utilized by the entire IEP team
- How pragmatic deficits adversely affect academic and functional performance and what you can do about in your role as an SLP
- A proven approach for comprehensive assessment specific to social communication skills within the school setting
- How to more effectively differentiate a social communication disorder from other related speech disorders
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Social communication has never been more important while at the same time being the most at risk due to an increase in incidence and prevalence along with a decrease in face-to-face interactions. School-based speech-language pathologists are the professionals schools turn to most for support. School-based SLPs have unique constraints that often aren’t addressed in most seminars. In this unique seminar, Angie Neal will share practical strategies for SLPs working with students who have social communication deficits in the school setting. She will share practical information about effective assessment and determination of eligibility and determination of services for the three prongs of eligibility under IDEA.
In addition, she will present easy-to-implement strategies that are designed to be used by all members of the IEP team, not just the SLP, since social communication happens throughout the day. You’ll receive proven strategies that are designed to help improve a student’s reading comprehension and written language as these tend to be areas where students with social communication deficits often struggle the most.
You’ll learn new and innovative ways to help improve all students’ functional performance and ability to successfully, socially navigate the school setting. You’ll leave this idea-packed seminar with many strategies you’ll be able to use immediately.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Better Meet Students’ Unique Social Communication Needs in the School Setting
Learn how to conduct effective assessments that more accurately measure social communication deficits, write goals that are objective and measurable and work with the entire IEP team to promote success
- Build Your Repertoire of Pragmatic Language Intervention Strategies
Discover numerous, ready-to-use therapy strategies that promote social communication success
- Differentiate Social Communication Disorders from Other Related Disabilities and Weaknesses
Develop a clear understanding of the difference between social communication weaknesses and a true social communication disorder
- Expand Your Knowledge of the Five Key Components of Social Communication
Understand the five components of social communication according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and practical implications for your speech therapy
- Understand the SLP’s Distinct and Critical Role in Improving Social Communication
Dispel the confusion regarding the SLP’s scope of practice in social communication disorders â€¦ Determine where and how the unique contributions of speech-language pathologists can be best utilized
- Align Your Therapy with Your School’s Academic Standards
Discover the specific areas of language that students with social communication deficits have which directly affect comprehension and writing
- Improve Students’ Functional Performance and Ability to Socially Navigate the School Setting
Learn which areas of social communication make the biggest difference in a student’s functional performance and strategies to address them in therapy
- Identify “Red Flags” of Social Communication
Become knowledgeable in developmental milestones of social communication and use this knowledge to establish developmentally appropriate therapy goals
- Utilize All Members of the IEP Team as Shared Providers of Support in Remediation of Social Communication Deficits
Learn practical ways to involve all members of the IEP team in social communication remediation
- Receive a Detailed Social Communication Skills Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive speech-language therapy resource handbook filled with practical strategies and ideas presented in this seminar
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Dozens of proven strategies and resources to accelerate students’ social communication success
- Effective methods for assessment of social communication in the school setting
- Fresh perspectives on the school-based SLP’s role in social communication
- Proven strategies to help content area teachers understand the language challenges associated with social communication deficits
- Specific ideas to strengthen core skills that provide the foundation for functional performance in the school setting
- Vital academic and instructional strategies to support social communication in relation to reading and writing
- Innovative ideas to make therapy fun, engaging and effective for students
- How to differentiate social communication disorders from social communication weaknesses and related disabilities
- Identification of “red flags” and knowledge of developmental expectations to assist with referrals and screenings
- Ways to write effective, measurable goals for social communication
- Numerous inexpensive and effective therapy materials to enhance your therapy
- Tips to extend therapy “outside the box” of the therapy room and apply them throughout the school setting
- What’s new from ASHA and related research regarding social communication
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
As a school-based SLP, I have experienced the unique constraints of working in the school setting: the three prongs of eligibility, working within a team, writing measurable goals, helping students achieve academic success, and keeping up with the most recent research in the field in the areas of pragmatic language. I also appreciate that at times, pragmatic language can seem ambiguous and challenging to break down into meaningful, measurable elements.
It has been my quest for the past 20 years to break down the essential components of pragmatic language in order to better understand and best support school-age students. Along the way, I have learned how to identify and implement the most effective strategies that help students improve both their academic and functional performance. Many of my students with pragmatic language disorders struggle academically with fiction more so than non-fiction reading comprehension due to difficulties with higher-order thinking skills, figurative language and perspective taking. These are areas that can be identified as weaknesses and improved with intervention even before they become problematic in later elementary years.
More importantly, having worked in both outpatient pediatric and school settings, I appreciate the challenges that come with even gaining access to students with pragmatic language deficits because standardized assessments aren’t able to reveal the true nature of a student’s pragmatic language impairment. So, how can we work within the constraints of IDEA to identify this type of need in our students? How can we help lead the IEP team in determining whether the pragmatic deficits are a true disorder and not just a weakness or the result of another disability? How can we create measurable goals for aspects of communication that are difficulty to objectively quantify? How do I set up a systematic therapy program? These are questions you may have also asked yourself from time to time. It is my goal to give you practical answers to all of them!
P.S. Be prepared to laugh, learn and have fun! Learning should never be boring (for you or your students)!
Who Should Attend
Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students in Grades PreK-12
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Social Communication Skills Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive social communication skills resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar.
The handbook includes:
- A comprehensive description of strategies addressed throughout the seminar
- Preschool-age social communication checklist
- School-age communication checklist
- Differentiation consideration worksheet
- An extensive list of helpful materials
- An appendix list of children’s books and games that can be used to target specific social communication skills
Meet and Share with Other SLPs
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other speech-language therapists interested in enhancing their students ’ communication skills.
Angie Neal will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own speech-language program.
ASHA - CEUs
This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs per day (Intermediate level, Professional area).
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