Delays in development, including those associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, auditory processing deficits and motor speech disorders (apraxia), have a profound impact on parent-child interaction. Families often wait helplessly as they are told not to worry about "minor" delays. Floundering in failed attempts to interact, parents become either overindulgent or withdraw from the unfulfilling task of engaging with a non-responsive child. Professionals are equally lost in their efforts to effectively deal with parental grief.
This one-day course will examine parent-child interaction and provide videotaped examples of how parents react upon learning their children have a developmental disability. Participants will learn how to establish treatment programs that jump-start the communication process in communicatively delayed children, strengthen the parent-child bond and teach parents to persevere through structured play with resistant children. Videotaped illustrations of parents engaged in a small, group training program with their children will be provided. Therapists, educators and other professionals working in early intervention will heighten their personal insight into parental struggles, and will acquire skills for more effective treatment of children with developmental disorders.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Identify dynamics of typical parent-child relationships and the role communication plays in that process
- Recognize how communication delays and disorders impact parent-child interaction
- Examine the perspective of parents dealing with their
children's diagnoses directly from video interviews
- Discuss early intervention techniques to enhance communication and interaction between parents and children
- Recognize the importance of increasing parental competency and guiding them to facilitate communication skills in their children
- Identify fundamentals of typical parent-child interaction
- Recognize the importance of early intervention on the parent-child dyad
- Examine the grieving responses experienced by parents of delayed children
- Determine effective methods of working with parents in grief and establish support networks
- Discuss methods for maximizing positive interaction between parents and delayed children
- Develop practices that address the unique needs of individual parents and their children
- Recognize how gestures, modified signs and sound play are effective in jump-starting the communication process teaching parents to facilitate language and strengthen parent-child interaction
- Identify strategies to help children generalize communication skills into successful interaction with peers and establish meaningful relationships
- Discuss processes for helping families work effectively with educational and funding systems
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
KARYN LEWIS SEARCY, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist with more than 30 years experience. She is the Founder/Director of The Crimson Center for Speech & Language in San Diego, California, where she has developed and implemented treatment programs for a substantial number of pre-school age children, young children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, apraxia, learning disabilities, developmental delays and related severe disorders. Throughout her career, Ms. Searcy has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics and collegiate institutions, where she held numerous supervisory positions. She has been a consultant for the Chicago Board of Education, several adult day care centers and private agencies. Her experience includes treating acute and chronic brain disorders and injuries, serving on hospital pediatric neurology and child abuse teams, and teaching college courses on autism, language development and speech disorders. She is currently a board member for the San Diego Chapter of the Autism Society of America and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Ms. Searcy earned her
master's degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1976.
"What an excellent seminar! I was very pleased to be reaffirmed and to learn new techniques for engaging/increasing parent-child interaction. This workshop stood above many others because a bulk of the information focused on therapy, not just assessment."
- Kathleen Eppeira, Speech Language Pathologist, Spencerport, New York
"I really enjoyed Karyn´s presentation. She did a great job of discussing different therapy techniques and provided lots of video clips to illustrate." - Theresa Ash, Speech Language Pathologist, Middleport, New York
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Speech/Language Pathologists
- Speech/Language Pathologist Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Behavioral Therapists/Recreational Therapists
- Social Workers
- Case Managers
- Early Interventionists
- Preschool Directors
Cross Country Education is an approved provider #50-466 with the Florida Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. This course is approved for 6 contact hours for Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants.
Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 1: Domain of OT AND 2: Occupational Therapy Process.
This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for 6 clock hours of continuing education.
Cross Country Education is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. This program is offered for .6 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area). ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. (NBCC Provider #5904) The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Six (6) contact (clock) hours are being awarded for completion of this program.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-466. This program is approved for 6 continuing education credits.
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM