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Social Communication in Children with Disabilities

presented by Bonnie Brinton, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Martin Fujiki, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Financial: Bonnie Brinton receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Bonnie Brinton has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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What is involved in social communication? Social communication involves the integration of a range of abilities that are critical to a child's social relationships and academic success. Many children with disabilities such as language impairment (LI), social communication disorder (SCD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) struggle with aspects of social communication. This course will describe the nature and impact of these social communication problems and suggest assessment approaches to identify difficulties that may be targeted in intervention.

Meet Your Instructors

Bonnie Brinton, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Bonnie Brinton, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, UT. Dr. Brinton has worked as a practicing speech language pathologist in school, clinic, and hospital settings. She has also worked as a research scientist at the University of Kansas, and an associate professor of speech language…

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Martin Fujiki, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Martin Fujiki, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah. He has practiced in the school setting as well as working as a research scientist at the University of Kansas and an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Fujiki has served…

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1. What's Involved?

Social communication involves the integration of at least three areas of development including language processing, pragmatics, and social and emotional learning. A framework describing the major aspects of social communication helps explain how these areas are integrated in social interactions.

2. Social Communication Problems

Children identified with language impairment (LI), social communication disorder (SCD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often present with a variety of deficits in social communication. It is helpful to understand the differences and overlaps in these diagnostic categories.

3. The Impact of Social Communication Problems

Difficulties with social communication often sabotage interpersonal relationships, friendship formation, and academic performance. It is important to understand why intervention should include a focus on aspects of social communication.

4. Assessment of Social Communication Problems

Social communication is a complex phenomenon that can be challenging to assess. It is important to formulate a diagnostic approach to obtain and integrate information about various aspects of social communication.

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