Keep Talking! Narrative Development for Language and Social Learning

Presented by Anna Vagin, Ph.D. (3 hrs)

Students with social cognitive challenges struggle with many aspects of narrative and conversation. This workshop will provide information, tips, and sample visual supports to use with elementary through high school students, as well as many video clips of group and individual therapy sessions. First, we will focus on how adults (therapists, teachers, aides and parents) can mediate social learning and language most successfully. We will explore using a variety of materials as we review how to support narrative development. We will review six basic conversational choices, including visual supports to assist students in remembering and monitoring these diverse options. We will emphasize the importance of interjections, often neglected but crucial communicators of our attention and empathy. Finally, we will examine how students can practice these skills using topics that are of most interest to them, and how to integrate video into individual and group intervention. Attendees will leave with ideas and visual supports they can immediately begin using.