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Course # 5404
Assessing Social Skills in Children with Psychiatric Disturbances

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

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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This course was recorded on May 11, 2012


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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

Average Rating

(143 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 52 most recent comments out of 143 reviews

Review by: Summer on January 4, 2016
I am an SLP in a school setting, the practices she recommends and therapy she recommends are not as relevant to my setting. The important piece that I wanted to get was how to dissect behavior from language disorder in order to treat those who need language intervention, not just behavior support.
Review by: Member on December 15, 2015
Very relevant information
Review by: Jochen on December 4, 2015
easy to follow
Review by: Member on November 25, 2015
Excellent examples and explanations.
Review by: Member on November 20, 2015
I liked the topic and the tests that were covered.
Review by: Mindy on November 19, 2015
Review by: Member on October 26, 2015
This course was very interesting. The speaker was very knowledgeable about the subject material. She presented in a clear, organized manner and provided great examples.
Review by: Phyllis on October 22, 2015
I like that it exposed the fact that many students perform adequately on standardized tests but have obvious pragmatic language deficits and also that using specific subtests to form clinical impressions is important in assessment.
Review by: Member on September 15, 2015
It was a new area that I haven;t worked with so it was nice to learn about.
Review by: Member on September 6, 2015
It expanded my knowledge in an area in which my experience is limited.
Review by: Bronwyn on June 28, 2015
Excellent organization and presentation of Pragmatic and Social Skills Assessments (formal and informal) for all children. I particularly appreciated the presenter's critique of commonly used formal social skills assessments and their strengths and weaknesses, and supplemental assessments to determine "hidden" deficits. Very helpful for the school clinician!
Review by: Valerio on June 25, 2015
The material was very relevant to a patient I'm currently treating with schizophrenia. In addition, i like the connection that the speaker made between social communication disorders and patients with average IQs.
Review by: Kathy on June 21, 2015
Thorough assessment resources.
Review by: Callie on May 18, 2015
well put together
Review by: Helene on April 23, 2015
Great presenter and everything is useful.
Review by: Alexis on March 25, 2015
Her presentation style and speaking voice were very easy to attend to. Appreciated the thorough references to research and assessment tools.
Review by: Winifred on January 7, 2015
Good review of literature and practical knowledge.
Review by: Jessica on September 25, 2014
Review by: Lynn on August 28, 2014
Interesting and challenging
Review by: Tiffani on August 28, 2014
This course was very informative.
Review by: Bethany on August 27, 2014
Very practical info
Review by: Zulemy on August 26, 2014
Good to know concomittant disorders.
Review by: Gina on July 22, 2014
Provided information about many different formal assessments.
Review by: Joanna on January 3, 2014
The presenter's voice and course content were both in-sync with optimal learning.
Review by: Meghan on December 28, 2013
I treat middle school students with social skill deficiencies and she hits the nail on the head. I see all the time exactly what she describes as the high functioning student who does very well on a standardized measure yet fails to be a good social thinker. Excellent presentation....especially with the point on the need of a Narrative.
Review by: DeeAnne on December 14, 2013
Lots of good information. I would like to have more time to see how to administer and interpret informal assessments.
Review by: Joanne on October 23, 2013
Specific review of Testing procedures
Review by: Art on September 30, 2013
It highlighted the possibility that children with pragmatic disorders can be mislabeled as oppositional or otherwise problematic.
Review by: Krista on July 15, 2013
Appreciated information provided about specific pragmatic assessment protocols - both informal and formal across different age groups and populations with different language and cognitive deficits.
Review by: Sarah on March 5, 2013
Great resources, clear descriptions of tests
Review by: Penny on February 26, 2013
Tatyana knows her stuff. It seems as though we are getting more and more children with emotional disturbance and language concerns. Better identification??
Review by: Stephen on December 16, 2012
Very informative
Review by: Jane on November 20, 2012
clear & concise
Review by: Julia on November 19, 2012
The discussion of the limitations of each of the standardized assessments was thorough.
Review by: Amber on November 19, 2012
Good recommendations about testing materials; organized format; refresher about things to consider
Review by: Shirley on November 7, 2012
case study, and the slides
Review by: Laurie on November 6, 2012
Handouts were representative of dialogue, good suggestions, easy to follow.
Review by: Lloyd on October 15, 2012
simplifies the complex interrelationship of psych disturbances and pragmatics
Review by: Jessica on September 19, 2012
Unique topic very relevant to the population I am currently working with. Gave specific assessments and reviewed them well.
Review by: Rhea on August 31, 2012
Great examples!
Review by: Jennifer on August 28, 2012
Knowledgeable presenter, good powerpoint, nice rate of presentation
Review by: Paula on August 3, 2012
Knowledgeable speaker, useful info for our pragmatic disabled children
Review by: Kathleen on July 28, 2012
Tatyana presented very useful information, particularly regarding her experience with varying assessments. Her rate of speech was fast at times which made it difficult to understand parts of her presentation.
Review by: Ann-Therese on July 5, 2012
Lots of information relevant to my caseload. I particularly liked the discriptions of the the various assessments.
Review by: Paul on June 21, 2012
Good use of case studies and specific information regarding appropriate pragmatic language assessment.
Review by: James on June 12, 2012
It gave a lot of explicit guidance on how to understand the social deficits of children and how to assess them more competently.
Review by: Jenny on June 4, 2012
Very practical information.
Review by: Phyllis on June 2, 2012
The presenter was able to discuss cases as examples that I could relate to my practice.
Review by: Catherine on May 27, 2012
Great presentation with good organization. TAKE THIS COURSE!
Review by: Carrie on May 23, 2012
Good information, well-presented
Review by: Shauna on May 19, 2012
A lot of information that is applicable and useful in therapy.
Review by: Lisa on May 18, 2012
It helped me understand more about ADHD and how it is helpful to know great resources are out there.

Course Information

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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). 

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

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

Please Note: The exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

To participate in the course, complete the exam, and earn continuing education credit (where applicable), you must be a CEU Total Access member.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board: SpeechPathology.com is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 268. This course may meet the requirements for 1 hours of continuing education credit for SLPs as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits: http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/licensees/ce_req.shtml. Live webinars on SpeechPathology.com do not count as self-study courses toward California professional development requirements.

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Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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