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Conversations Framework: A Program for Adolescents and Young Adults

Conversations Framework: A Program for Adolescents and Young Adults
Barbara Hoskins, PhD, CCC-SLP, Kristine Noel, PhD, CCC-SLP
January 17, 2023

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This course is for those who have purchased or wish to purchase the textbook, Conversations Framework: A Program for Adolescents and Young Adults, available from The Cognitive Press.



  • For Whom Is This Resource Written?           
  • What Is Included?      
  • The Framework for Teaching Conversations


  • Research Base for Conversations Framework
  • The Challenge of Adolescents
  • Principles of Teaching Conversations

How to Use This Resource

  • Group Composition
  • Determining Current Levels of Performance
  • Setting Goals
  • Planning Sessions
  • Conversational Moves Sessions
  • Using the Session Planning Form
  • Using a Point System
  • Arranging the Room
  • Monitoring Progress

Conversational Moves

  • Starting a Conversation         
  • Maintaining a Topic  
  • Extending a Topic     
  • Changing a Topic      
  • Requesting Clarification        
  • Responding to Requests for Clarification     

Foundation Skill Activities    

  • Conceptual Network  
  • Vocabulary    
  • Sentence Structure     
  • Attention and Memory
  • Organization of Language     
  • Mutual Focus 
  • Perspective Taking    
  • Turn Taking   
  • Nonverbal Communication   
  • Language Functions  
  • Cooperative Principles          
  • Given and New Information              
  • Speech Acts   
  • Style Changing          

Appendix A: Foundation Skills Checklist     

Appendix B: Compendium of Activities and Objectives      

Appendix C: Charting Form  

Appendix D: Session Planning Sheet

This course is for those who have purchased or wish to purchase the textbook, Conversations Framework: A Program for Adolescents and Young Adults, available from The Cognitive Press.


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barbara hoskins

Barbara Hoskins, PhD, CCC-SLP

Barbara Hoskins, CCC-SLP, PhD, is a speech-language pathologist with a doctorate in learning disabilities from Northwestern University. She has worked as an educational consultant and speech-language pathologist in public and private schools, clinics, psychiatric hospitals, hospitals, and juvenile justice facilities. She has published and presented workshops in the areas of conversational interaction, collaborative consultation, inclusion, attention deficits, learning and motivation, and organizational change. Her passion is to create ways to have the teaching-learning process be engaging, relevant, and motivating for a diverse group of learners.

kristine noel

Kristine Noel, PhD, CCC-SLP

Kristine Noel, CCC-SLP, PhD, is a speech-language pathologist, with a PhD in Education Specialties from the University of New Mexico. She has worked as a Coordinator of Special Education, Education Consultant, and as a clinician in public schools, clinics, hospitals, early intervention, and juvenile justice settings. She has collaborated extensively with teachers, learning communities, administrators, and related service staff to increase students’ academic achievement and behavioral competence, and to create safe, caring, and positive learning environments.  Currently, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, at Manoa and a Speech Language Pathologist at Malama Pono Autism Center, Ohau, Hawaii.


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