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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

(338 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 338 reviews

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.
Review by: veronica on April 28, 2013
very informative
Review by: Cathy on April 15, 2013
Information presented clearly and supported well as it was easily followed by handout presentation
Review by: Jill on April 8, 2013
Review by: marcia on February 22, 2013
I have students with psychiatric disturbances on my caseload and the topic was of particular interest to me.
Review by: Pat on February 15, 2013
materials to support this program were presented
Review by: Cayla on February 14, 2013
Great examples
Review by: Alexandra on February 10, 2013
I liked that she presented a variety of teaching methods.
Review by: Anya on February 7, 2013
insight into types of therapy I heard about , but didn't know too much about. I looooved that presenter gave examples of materials she used. Presentation is well organized, easy to follow and understand. Simply one of the best presentations.
Review by: Julie on February 5, 2013
speaker was knowledgable and had good resources
Review by: Christina on January 30, 2013
information clearly presented with clinical examples
Review by: Mark on January 21, 2013
I liked the organization of the class, and the examples of techniques and materials that are effective for treatment. The research information was fantastic as well.
Review by: Denise on January 18, 2013
Clear explanations and examples presented regarding psychiatric issues with children. Lots of great references!
Review by: Linda on January 7, 2013
This is the second course I have listened to by this provider. She is excellent. Presentation and materials are organized and clear. She describes the interventions. EXCELLENT!
Review by: Jennifer on January 2, 2013
Specific information from research to implementation of therapy techniques.
Review by: Margaret on December 31, 2012
Good topic.
Review by: Susan on December 30, 2012
Really gave a great deal of information as to why some children behave as they do and suggestions as to where and how to seek needed help.
Review by: Sharon on December 30, 2012
Extremely relevant to my work, my family and my husband's work!
Review by: Marnie on December 29, 2012
Provided great resources for social language materials.
Review by: Helen A. on December 21, 2012
List of materials
Review by: Elizabeth on December 15, 2012
Examples of social skills treatment strategies and programs
Review by: Marsha on December 13, 2012
well organized, good overview without getting too much into the details
Review by: Deanna on December 11, 2012
content area and slides
Review by: Anna on December 9, 2012
Nice resource list and suggestions for implementation.
Review by: Karen on December 7, 2012
suggestions for focus
Review by: sarah on December 6, 2012
She had good information
Review by: Linda on December 2, 2012
interesting, well organized, relevant to my work with teens, full of useful info
Review by: Serena on November 30, 2012
The speaker is knowledgeable on the subject and provides a wealth of information and practical resources. Thank you.
Review by: Shannon on November 24, 2012
The examples of tx sessions/goals, as well as the multiple material references were helpful
Review by: Anne on November 23, 2012
I found the lists of initial, intermediate and advanced social skills competencies quite helpful.
Review by: Robert on November 21, 2012
good information
Review by: Shari on November 19, 2012
Clear presenter
Review by: Elizabeth on November 17, 2012
A ton of useful information was packed into this one hour class. Perfect mix of reseach, background information, and current practices. Great job of compiling and relating this information with concrete suggestions for therapy. One of the best I have participated in on this site in my 4 year membership.
Review by: Barb on November 10, 2012
Very organized! Presenter gave specific relevant information.
Review by: Lisa on November 7, 2012
There is always a reason for a behavior(s).
Review by: Valerie on November 6, 2012
Examples provided and suggested activities.
Review by: linda on November 2, 2012
Review by: Michelle on October 30, 2012
Clearly presented heiarachy of social skills therapy goals and intervention materials specific to this population. Thanks!.
Review by: Julia on October 25, 2012
clearly presented, specific materials suggestions
Review by: Rebecca on October 25, 2012
Good, useful information. Speaker had a soothing voice to listen to.
Review by: scott on October 18, 2012
Lot of flexibility in approaches
Review by: Anne on October 15, 2012
Very clear, well organized material. Every school based therapist should take this course, particularly those working with ASD and behavior disorders.
Review by: Mathilda on October 10, 2012
Well organized, good resources, good overview of possible treatment options, for a variety of kids.
Review by: Sean on September 20, 2012
The speaker was well informed about positive behavior supports.
Review by: Paige on September 19, 2012
Very good examples and references

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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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