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Assessing Social Skills in Children with Psychiatric Disturbances

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The number of children who present with non-spectrum emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric disturbances (oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorder, etc) has been steadily increasing in recent years. Many of these children attend district schools as well as receive services through private providers. Due to high incidence of communication issues associated with these conditions, speech language pathologists are frequently among the professionals who assess them. This presentation is aimed at increasing the participants’ knowledge regarding the role of speech language pathologists in the assessment of social pragmatic language abilities of school-age children with psychiatric impairments.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the impact of psychiatric disturbances on language development of children.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list common pediatric psychiatric (non-autistic) diagnoses affecting language abilities.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the role of SLP in assessment of pragmatic language and social cognitive abilities of school-age children.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list formal assessment instruments used to assess pragmatic language and social cognitive abilities of school age children.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe informal assessment procedures used to assess pragmatic language and social cognitive abilities of school age children.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Overview of Psychiatric Diagnoses and Language Disorders
5-10 Minutes Role of SLP in Assessment of Pragmatic Language Disorders
10-20 Minutes Overview of social pragmatic skills
20-25 Minutes Overview of Relevant Assessment Areas
25-35 Minutes Overview of Standardized Testing
35-50 Minutes Overview of Informal Assessment Procedures
50-55 Minutes Case Examples
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q & A

Course Presenter

tatyana elleseff

Tatyana Elleseff, M.A., CCC-SLP


Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP is a bilingual speech language pathologist who specializes in working with multicultural, internationally and domestically adopted as well as at-risk children with complex communication disorders. She received her MA from NYU, her Bilingual Extension Certification from Columbia University as well as several ACE awards for continuing education from ASHA. She is a member of NY and NJ, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) multidisciplinary teams, the aim of which is to provide specialized services including speech language assessment and intervention to children identified or presenting with features of FASD.  Tatyana’s articles have been published in several magazines including Adoption Today, Adoption Australia, and Advance for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. In addition to previously presenting on Speechpathology.com, Tatyana has presented for a number of medical, academic and non-profit organizations including New York University, New Jersey Speech Language and Hearing Convention, American Academy of Pediatrics: Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship , New Jersey Taskforce on Child Abuse and Neglect as well as North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC). 

Presenter Disclosure: The presenter has no affiliations or financial interests related to this learning event.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.


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