Institute for Educational Development


Strengthening Social Communication Skills

NEW Seminar Presented By
Mary B. Asper

Outstanding Speech-Language Pathologist and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students in Grades PreK-12

  • Practical, easy-to-implement strategies for students with social communication difficulties that can be utilized by the entire IEP team
  • A field-tested and proven approach for comprehensive assessment specific to social communication skills within the school setting
  • How to effectively identify and treat social communication deficits in a wide variety of language learning disorders
  • Receive a detailed social communication skills resource handbook filled with therapy techniques and intervention activities you can use immediately

Practical Strategies

School-based SLPs are the professionals schools turn to most for support, but the complex, diffuse characteristics of students with social communication deficits and disorders can sometimes seem overwhelming. School-based SLPs also have unique constraints that often aren’t addressed in most seminars. In this unique NEW seminar, Mary B. Asper will provide you with an effective, practical “toolkit” of interventions and approaches that address the social communication basis from diagnosis to treatment planning, from the therapy room to the classroom. You will receive a comprehensive planning tool to conduct diagnostic evaluations targeting social communication in the school setting.

You will learn how to differentiate between social communication deficits commonly seen in students with related disabilities and social communication disorder. Mary will share tools and forms that assist with IEP eligibility, adverse affect and service level decisions. She will also share effective ways to streamline the SLP’s data gathering, report writing and paperwork load, making more time for where you are most needed. You will receive therapy-tested and proven strategies that are designed to improve students’ reading comprehension and written language. Above all, you will discover new and innovative ways to improve all students’ functional performance and ability to successfully, socially navigate the school setting.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Better Meet Students’ Unique Social Communication Needs in the School Setting
    Learn how to conduct effective assessments that more accurately measure social communication deficits, write goals that are objective and measurable, and work with the entire IEP team to promote success
  2. Build Your Repertoire of Social Communication Intervention Strategies
    Discover numerous, ready-to-use therapy strategies that promote successful social communication
  3. Differentiate Social Communication Disorder From Social Communication Deficits
    Develop a clear understanding of the difference between social communication deficits and a true social communication disorder
  4. Expand Your Knowledge of the Five Key Components of Social Communication
    Understand the five components of social communication according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and explore the practical implications for your students
  5. Understand the SLP’s Distinct and Critical Role in Improving Social Communication
    Dispel the confusion regarding the SLP’s scope of practice in social communication disorders … Determine where and how the unique contributions of speech-language pathologists can be best utilized
  6. Align Your Therapy with Your School’s Academic Standards
    Discover the specific ways in which social communication deficits affect students’ reading comprehension and written expression
  7. Improve Students’ Functional Performance and Ability to Socially Navigate the School Setting
    Learn which areas of social communication make the biggest difference in a student’s functional performance as well as strategies to address those areas in therapy
  8. Identify “Red Flags” of Social Communication
    Become knowledgeable in developmental milestones of social cognition, social interaction and social communication … Establish developmentally appropriate therapy goals
  9. Utilize All Members of the IEP Team as Shared Providers of Support in Remediation of Social Communication Deficits
    Learn practical ways to involve all members of the IEP team in social communication remediation
  10. Receive a Detailed Social Communication Skills Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive speech-language therapy resource handbook filled with practical strategies and ideas presented in this seminar

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Dozens of proven strategies and resources to accelerate students’ social communication success
  • Effective methods for assessment of social communication in the school setting
  • Fresh perspectives on the school-based SLP’s role in social communication
  • Proven strategies to help general education teachers understand the language challenges associated with social communication deficits
  • Implement the IEP process effectively to determine eligibility and service levels and to adopt appropriate goals
  • Specific ideas to strengthen core skills that provide the foundation for functional performance in the school setting
  • Vital academic and instructional strategies to support social communication in relation to reading and writing
  • Innovative ideas to make therapy fun, engaging and effective for students
  • How to identify and treat social communication deficits in students with related disabilities, and to differentiate from social communication disorder
  • Identification of “red flags” and knowledge of developmental expectations to assist with referrals and screenings
  • Ways to write effective, measurable goals for social communication
  • Numerous inexpensive and effective therapy materials to enhance your therapy
  • Tips to extend therapy outside of the therapy room – to the classroom, the lunchroom, the playground, and more
  • Help your students build a fund of general knowledge to support their therapy and class participation, to gain friendships, and to realize greater academic success
  • What’s new from ASHA and related research regarding social communication

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

A major interest and passion of mine throughout my career has been pursuing more knowledge and better techniques for improving social cognition, social interaction and social communication. As a collaborative team member, I helped build and facilitate social groups, provide individual therapeutic services for students with social communication deficits, and train school-based personnel to support students with social communication challenges. Some of the students I first worked with are now adult, contributing members of their community – and there is great joy in seeing those outcomes!

Social behaviors are foundational building blocks for language acquisition and for academic success. Students with social communication differences often struggle to achieve on all fronts, and often experience accompanying anxiety, feelings of isolation and possibly depression. As speech-language pathologists, we can be a game-changer for such students through therapeutic instruction in social cognition, social interaction and social communication.

In this seminar, I want to help you design evaluation protocols for differential diagnosis of social communication deficits, or social communication disorder. Students with varied language learning disorders experience the impact of poor social communication. We will examine how to provide effective therapy for a wide range of diagnoses and characteristics. I want to equip you with the tools and strategies I have filled my toolbox with over the years and provide you with practical, therapy-tested lessons and activities. Throughout our day together, we will explore dozens of outstanding ways you can make a marked difference in strengthening social communication skills in students with whom you work.

I am excited to spend the day with you, learning together about strengthening social communication!

Mary B. Asper

P.S. I promise – you will leave feeling like you have many practical, effective, even fun solutions to address your students’ social communication challenges!

Who Should Attend

Speech-Language Pathologists serving students in grades PreK-12.

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive social communication skills resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • A comprehensive description of strategies addressed throughout the seminar
    • Preschool and school age social communication checklist
    • Adverse affect and evaluation planning worksheets
    • Guidelines for organizing effective social groups – from choosing participants to establishing norms and creating engaging, effective lesson plans
    • Social narratives you can use to help strengthen students’ social communication skills
    • Conversation starters, questions, comments, and tools that teach students how to ask questions
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other speech-language therapists interested in enhancing their students’ social communication skills.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Mary Asper will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own speech-language program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.