by Claire Miller
For children diagnosed with childhood disintegrative disorder, Asperger syndrome or other developmental brain disorders, developing social skills for different contexts can be a challenge.
At the 15th annual Summer Institute in Communication Disorders, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and other child care professionals will discuss the social obstacles children with Autism Spectrum Disorders face and how to address those issues.
The institute, which will take place June 20-21, 2013, in Dahlberg Hall (30 Courtland St., Atlanta), will specifically highlight the neuro-cognitive and environmental underpinnings of social competence and how these factors drive assessments and interventions.
Lisa Audet, assistant professor of speech-language pathology at Kent State University, will serve as the institute leader. Audet has more than 25 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and special educator and is a co-developer of both the online and traditional versions of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Intervention Specialist Certificate.
Debra Schober-Peterson, institute coordinator and director of the College of Education’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, said Audet’s years of experience and her technological expertise will give attendees a unique perspective on working with children on their social competence issues.
“Her presentation on the effect of technology on social interactions is so relevant to our work with students with language difficulties,” Schober-Peterson said. “Technology is everywhere and it is a major part of developing relationships for today's children.”
For more information about the institute or to register, contact Schober-Peterson at 404-413-8044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view a PDF of the program booklet, click here.