Sonoma County Office of Education

Diagnostic Center North: (Part 1 of 2) Social Communication and the SLP

George is having a hard time making friends. In conversations, he sometimes interrupts or changes the topic abruptly. He doesn’t pick up on nonverbal cues and often misinterprets his classmates’ intentions or feelings. In the classroom, he struggles to follow rules. He always seems to be in trouble. His classmates sometimes tease him. More and more SLPs are being asked to evaluate and intervene with students who, like George, struggle with social communication. This training will address what social communication is, how we assess it and evidence-based strategies for intervening. Suggestions for providing services through an online format will be provided throughout the presentation. The training will focus on students who are in late elementary through high school.

Participants will:
  • Define social communication and its disorders.
  • Describe assessment strategies for students’ social communication.
  • Explain how to implement evidence-based interventions for students who struggle with social communication.
  • A Certificate of Completion is available to participants. This may be used to document professional development hours or applied towards the credential requirements for Education Specialist Level II non-university activities. The Diagnostic Center is also a California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board-approved continuing professional development provider.

    When Wednesday, January 18, 2023
    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Location Virtual via Zoom
    Presenter Janet McLellan, Ph.D., M.A., CCC-SLP-L, Speech-Language Pathologist
    Cost Free
    Audience Speech - Language Pathologists
    Registration closes 01/16/2023
    Registration Norma Leiva-Fernandez, 7075242750,
    Questions Andrea Wells, 707 524 2764,

    Online Registration is not available.