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Course # 5485
Improving 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

This course is aimed at increasing the participants’ knowledge regarding the role of SLPs in the treatment of social pragmatic language disorders of school-age children with psychiatric impairments. It will review social pragmatic treatment approaches which can be used for children with psychiatric impairments, explain the functions of common challenging behaviors, as well as list a number of proactive behavioral intervention approaches professionals can implement to decrease challenging behaviors and increase compliance and cooperation in therapy sessions.
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This course was recorded on July 3, 2012


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to identify social pragmatic deficit areas of children with psychiatric impairments.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe components and targets of successful social skills treatments.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list common challenging behavior types and explain proactive behavior strategies used to prevent inappropriate behaviors from occurring.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe social pragmatic treatment approaches that can be used for children with psychiatric impairments.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify materials that can be used to address relevant social pragmatic treatment goals.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Overview of social skills impairments in children with psychiatric diagnoses
5-15 Minutes Social skills components and intervention targets
15-25 Minutes Behavior functions and management strategies
25-45 Minutes Social skills intervention approaches
45-55 Minutes useful therapy materials targeting various social pragmatic areas
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q & A

Average Rating

(397 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 397 reviews

Review by: Member on February 2, 2016
relevant and helpful
Review by: Member on January 29, 2016
Very relevant to both kids with concomitant psychiatric difficulties and those with more straightforward pragmatic difficulties.
Review by: Nancy Jane on January 8, 2016
good review of curriculums, books, and materials
Review by: Member on January 4, 2016
clear, organized, useful slides, good overview as well as specifics.
Review by: Member on December 31, 2015
Great information with research to back it up.
Review by: Member on December 29, 2015
Review by: Diane on December 28, 2015
Thoroughness of information yet practical and understandable
Review by: Sally on December 28, 2015
Her explanations allowed me to visualize using her suggestions with my own students.
Review by: Andrea on December 28, 2015
Concrete practical information
Review by: Member on December 27, 2015
Information about social communication competence in the psychiatric student population.
Review by: Member on December 27, 2015
I love all the references provided as well as the range of skills addressed.
Review by: Jennifer on December 26, 2015
Very relevant information on a topic not often discussed
Review by: Sharon on December 22, 2015
I know a lot about social skills. It is one of my primary areas of interest. I felt that I could have presented this information and made it more user friendly.
Review by: Member on December 22, 2015
delivery of information
Review by: Steven on December 22, 2015
It was relevant to my caseload.
Review by: Member on December 22, 2015
Great resources! Excellent presentation
Review by: Penny on December 21, 2015
Great bridge between behavior and language disorders. Well organized content.
Review by: Member on December 21, 2015
Smooth layout of information
Review by: Kristine on December 20, 2015
Excellent resources. Thank you!
Review by: Member on December 19, 2015
Review by: Shanna on December 18, 2015
Lots of resources that I will keep on file for future reference.
Review by: Member on December 18, 2015
Review by: Latifah on December 17, 2015
It broke down language difficulties that patients with psychiatric problems have which is not often discussed. It gave me an understanding of what to expect and ways to modify the session.
Review by: Member on December 16, 2015
The speaker gave a clear structure/hierarchy for identifying goals for this population. She also gave ideas for many resources to consider using, including many of which are still available on Amazon used or new.
Review by: Member on December 16, 2015
Facilitated my understanding of the deficits to consider in assessing and treating each individual student with consideration of the presenting diagnosis. Valuable intervention strategies and helpful connections discussed across ASD and psychiatric disorders.
Review by: Mickaylla on December 15, 2015
Great information. Provided many approaches/strategies. Very useful.
Review by: Laura on December 15, 2015
There were lots of references for therapy materials and Elleseff provided examples of ways she has used the materials with her students.
Review by: Catherine on December 15, 2015
The material was extensive and useful.
Review by: Linda on December 15, 2015
Very well organized
Review by: Roberta M on December 14, 2015
Speaker was very passionate about her subject matter and you could her the excitement in her voice, She also told you where good starting points would be with various students if they had specific deficits. She was a well organized speaker.
Review by: Wayne on December 14, 2015
Presenter delivered the material in a concise manner which aided in learning.
Review by: Member on December 13, 2015
The presenter was very knowledgeable about the topic, explained information clearly and had a wealth of resources to share!
Review by: Member on December 12, 2015
I love learning more about this topic. I took an introductory course in "Social Thinking" last year, and it has been extremely beneficial with my clients.
Review by: Member on December 10, 2015
difficult to understand speakers wriiten questions
Review by: Penny on December 10, 2015
Very nicely presented and very relevant material for treating adolescents and younger children with pragmatic and social skills deficits. I am not presently working with this population, however may in the future and will sure refer back to this information.
Review by: Kristine on December 8, 2015
The course helps explain the details of pragmatic deficits specific to populations who are often misunderstood or difficult to work with in intervention.
Review by: Member on December 7, 2015
Great information shared about this subject.
Review by: Therese on December 7, 2015
content= course was interesting and informative
Review by: Alexandra on December 3, 2015
Informative content for pragmatic therapy tools.
Review by: Member on December 3, 2015
Accent very distracting.
Review by: Member on November 30, 2015
The ideas for behavior modification seemed the same and it didn't seem like new information on this topic was provided.
Review by: Rebecca on November 29, 2015
I liked the resources that were provided.
Review by: Member on November 28, 2015
Very enlightening in regards to the importance of considering expressive/receptive language and pragmatic skills in students with psychiatric disorders.
Review by: Member on November 28, 2015
Great recommendations for materials
Review by: Member on November 21, 2015
I found the hierarchy of social skills competencies from initial to advanced, the social skills treatment approaches and the resources relevant to some of the students with whom I work.
Review by: Member on November 19, 2015
Great handout which was easy to follow with the presentation.
Review by: Member on November 17, 2015
many ideas
Review by: Kaylene on November 16, 2015
Great examples of materials to use and how to work with behavior management issues.
Review by: Member on November 8, 2015
good topic
Review by: Member on October 29, 2015
It gave valuable information regarding the need to address social skills for emotional behavior disorders.
Review by: Kristi on October 26, 2015
Very clear and specific strategies were shared
Review by: Member on October 25, 2015
She is speaking of a population of students that I think is much overlooked by SLPs in schools, probably because many are in specialized school programs. (at least that is my situation) and it is worthy to take a closer look. Presentation is very well organized
Review by: Member on October 24, 2015
specific examples good visuals
Review by: Member on October 18, 2015
Behavioral techniques and materials
Review by: Nilsa on October 17, 2015
The research and resources provided.
Review by: Member on October 17, 2015
The hands on information provided such as resources, books, pragmatic profile and references.
Review by: Thelma on October 16, 2015
Not very interesting presentation.
Review by: Sarah on October 15, 2015
The statistics regarding ODD were interesting.
Review by: Member on October 14, 2015
Review by: Member on October 12, 2015
Presentation style took course from "excellent" to "good", in my opinion. Information presented was helpful, yet difficult to follow and attend to at times secondary to speaker's use of fillers such as "you know" frequently.
Review by: Member on October 7, 2015
Functional content with great resources
Review by: Tracy on October 5, 2015
Social skills materials and validation of therapy ideas.
Review by: Member on September 23, 2015
Provision of a variety of Social Skills aids with detailed information of the aids.
Review by: Member on September 9, 2015
the list of resources that were provided
Review by: Member on August 24, 2015
Good lists of materials
Review by: Kimberly on July 27, 2015
The ease of following. All provided information is able to be carried over in my career.
Review by: Carol on July 24, 2015
The presenter provided information about a variety of tools/programs for therapy.
Review by: Amanda on July 23, 2015
I loved how Tatyana broke down the skills of pragmatics into levels.
Review by: Lynda on July 15, 2015
Definitions of terms; lists of resources.
Review by: Elizabeth on July 6, 2015
Her information is extremely relevant to my work. I have really learned a lot. It is interesting to me that social pragmatic language disorder, which I have been seeing in several children, is not considered psychiatric but closer to the autism spectrum. I have certainly seen similar behaviors in both populations, though.
Review by: Fran on June 27, 2015
very clear, concise presentation
Review by: Donna on June 25, 2015
Great follow up of her assessment seminar
Review by: Matt on June 23, 2015
Review by: Deborah on June 17, 2015
It was thoroughly explained in detail.
Review by: Adrianna on June 16, 2015
Great examples and resouces
Review by: Tracey on June 4, 2015
She gave many great options, resources and ideas for treatments.
Review by: Virginia on June 4, 2015
Good examples of materials to incorporate into sessions.
Review by: Katie on May 2, 2015
It helped reinforce what I've been doing and reminded me of things I can change when a student is having a hard time.
Review by: Kimberly on March 13, 2015
She provided a wealth of information and research on the topic, as well as many resources and strategies to use.
Review by: Dorothy on February 19, 2015
Speaker very knowledgeable about the topic. Extensive resources and therapy intervention strategies.
Review by: Angela on January 27, 2015
Great handout and shared materials - wordless picture books
Review by: Adele on December 10, 2014
Concepts were supported by practical application suggestions.
Review by: Deirdre on November 30, 2014
Content and presentation was spot on.
Review by: Leslie on October 14, 2014
I liked the heirarchy of skills presented.
Review by: Kristina on June 30, 2014
The presenter was clear and spoke in simple terms which made the presentation easy to follow especially when there is a large amount of information.
Review by: Sarah on April 26, 2014
the breakdown in the levels of intervention and the recommended resources for intervention
Review by: Shirley on March 25, 2014
Course content, examples coupled with hand out.
Review by: Rhonda on March 25, 2014
lots of information in the video. Good information, but seemed more an overview.
Review by: Kathryn on January 22, 2014
Gave lots of materials and therapy ideas
Review by: Jennifer on December 29, 2013
Good presentation. Organized. Good treatment examples.
Review by: Amy on December 27, 2013
Shared treatment resources. Identification information as well as research.
Review by: Sarah on December 23, 2013
Interesting, practical information presented clearly
Review by: Elaine on December 2, 2013
Very well organized presentation
Review by: Cathy on November 8, 2013
Material suggestions. Coordinates well with her assessment presentation
Review by: Amy on October 15, 2013
I can apply so much of it to my current caseload
Review by: Beverly on October 9, 2013
Lots of good theory and practical application.
Review by: Julie on September 30, 2013
well organised
Review by: Alison on September 6, 2013
The flow of information was easy to understand and the information on behaviour and resources was very good.
Review by: Melissa on September 3, 2013
Organization and laying out exactly where to start with these kids
Review by: Cynthia on June 7, 2013
Good sources & examples of activities to use in a session.

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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: Financial: Tatyana Elleseff was paid an honorarium for this presentation by SpeechPathology.com. She has authored articles and presentations related to this topic. Nonfinancial: She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

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

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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.

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