CEUs for SLPs

Advanced Pragmatics Master Course

Master Class Series, 4.5-hours

Course Description

This master course discussed how SLPs can provide effective evidence-based pragmatic language assessment for children with social communication difficulties related to autism and/or psychiatric diagnoses. This presentation reviewed social communication aspects that can impact assessment outcomes, principles of designing strong assessment prompts and the strategies of pragmatic language assessment to align assessment results with specific areas of intervention. Given the role of Theory of Mind (ToM) in social and academic functioning in children with language impairments, hearing loss, or autism and the recent rapid increase in our understanding of the neurological and environmental factors that contribute to ToM, it is important that and speech-language pathologists recognize delays and deficits in ToM and have strategies for assessing and developing ToM in persons they serve. This presentation will (a) review current research documenting neural bases for emotional understanding and theory of mind and (b) describe the developmental stages of theory of mind from infancy through adolescence.. Participants will be able to evaluate infants'/toddlers, preschool, and school-age children's level of ToM and provide justification for targeting ToM in intervention.

CEUs/Hours Offered

ASHA: 0.45 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate 
CA SLPAHB: 4.5  Self-Study
CMH: 4.5 Self-Study

About the Presenters

Carol Westby, PhD, CCC-SLP

Bio and Disclosures

Temple Grandin, PhD

Bio and Disclosures

Learning Outcomes

pragmatic language assessment strategies

Describe evidence-based practice  pragmatic language assessment strategies applicable to children with psychiatric diagnoses   

the role of language

Discuss the role of language in the development of social communication.

risk factors

Identify risk factors associated with psychiatric disorders 

neural bases for emotional understanding

Summarize current research documenting neural bases for emotional understanding and Theory of Mind

developmental stages of ToM

Describe the developmental stages of ToM from infancy through adolescence

Assessment of ToM/pragmatic skills

Assess ToM/pragmatic skills in children from infancy through adolescence

Identify pediatric psychiatric diagnoses

Identify pediatric psychiatric diagnoses which may require medication

views/perspectives of an autistic individual

Identify views/perspectives on social skills, functional communication and self-advocacy of a person with ASD

Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements

This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.


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Part 1 by tatyana Elleseff

5 mins – Disclosures, Introduction

30 mins – Objectives

Implement evidence-based practice  language intervention strategies applicable to bilingual/multicultural learners   

Implement effective evidence-based literacy instruction to bilingual/multicultural learners  

Discuss the role of language in the development of literacy.

Identify risk factors associated with language and literacy disorders 

30 mins – Review of recommended methodology and strategies

15 mins – Special population considerations

10 mins – Q&A

Part 2 by Dr. Westby

5mins              Disclosures, Introduction

17 mins           Types of ToM:

18 mins             Characteristics of ToM deficits

17mins             Infants and toddlers:

18 mins            Preschool children: Language and pretend

17 mins            Late preschool/early elementary

17 mins            Elementary school through adolescence

11 mins            Q&A


Part 3 by Dr. Grandin

5 mins – Disclosures, Introduction

45 mins                      Objectives

Identify views/perspectives on neurodiversity, communication, self-care and independence of a person with ASD

Identify views/perspectives on social skills, functional communication and self-advocacy of a person with ASD

Discuss recommendations for social skills, functional communication and self-advocacy for students with ASD

10 mins                      Recommendations, Discussion

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