As speech-language pathologists (SLPs) we wear many hats: educator, cheer leader, advocate, and quite often, counselor. Having a child with a severe communication disorder and being a child with impaired communication skills can be stressful for a myriad of reasons. In addition, the prevalence of children struggling with anxiety and depression is on the rise. Children with communication disorders have an increased risk of these mental health issues. However, the majority of courses in speech language pathology neglect the personal impact of a communication disorder and potential concomitant mental health diagnoses on an individual and their family. Furthermore, school SLPs often have to balance high caseloads, meetings, and paper work, allowing little time to communicate with families. This webinar will discuss tools and strategies that will enable SLPs to better listen, understand, and empower families and children with communication disorders. Strategies and tools will include how to implement the PERMA model, listen actively, and help children identify their strengths and build resilience.
- Explain three roles of counseling in communication disorders.
- Explain the PERMA model and how it relates to helping children with communication disorders.
- Explain two ways to help empower families and their children with communication disorders.
Minutes 1 – 10 Introduction to the many meanings of ‘counseling’ in the profession of speech language pathology while being mindful of our scope of practice
Minutes 11 – 20 The art of listening.
Minutes 21 – 35 How to empower caregivers of children with communication disorders
Minutes 36 – 45 Introduction to the Wellness Perspective and the PERMA model and how it applies to children with communication disorders
Minutes 46 – 50 Role of neurotransmitters and how to set an environment where decreased stress and better learning can occur
Minutes 51 – 70 How to empower the child with the communication disorder
Minutes 70 – 90 Questions and Answers