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Building Social and Language Skills One Block at a Time
 
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Appropriate Disciplines:
• Occupational Therapy
• Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
• Speech Language Pathology
• Speech Language Pathology Asst
• Teacher
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Who doesn't like to play with Lego®s? Come play with us and learn a novel, interdisciplinary, organic, treatment idea using construction blocks to teach social skills, enrich language and build peer collaboration. This course will benefit therapists whose patient challenges include Autism, Pragmatic Language Impairment, Expressive Language Disorders, Receptive Language Disorders, AAC Users, Narrative Language Difficulty and more! Participants will gain hands-on experience by completing group construction challenges. Leave this course with fresh ideas to take back to the clinic, classroom or community for immediate implementation. With this treatment technique, kids can't wait to go to therapy!
Course Objectives
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  • Describe evidence supporting the use of construction tasks for social skills development
  • Describe the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration in social and language skill development
  • Explain the impact of group-based naturalistic therapy on generalization of skills
  • State 3 populations that may benefit from participation in construction-based intervention
  • Implement a construction-based group therapy program in a school or clinic environment
  • Modify construction-based group activities to suit a variety of age and skill levels
  • List 5 goal areas that may be targeted using construction-based intervention
  • Establish an effective social skills home education program
  • Discuss documentation methods to support justification for funding and participation
 
Instructors
Ellen Bustamante
M.A., CCC-SLP
Ellen Bustamante is a Speech-Language Pathologist currently working with the pediatric population. She specializes in Autism, pragmatic language disorders and utilizing augmentative and alternative communication. She has worked alongside occupational therapists in a traditional social skills group and has created a curriculum targeting pragmatic language that complements occupational therapy objectives and was the primary speech therapist in designing and running a new social skills group using construction blocks to improve social skills with pragmatic language disorders.

 
   
Sarah Yun
M.A., OTR/L
Sarah Yun is an Occupational Therapist currently working with the pediatric population. Sarah’s specializes in the areas of Autism and early development. She served as the primary occupational therapist in creating a new social skills class utilizing construction blocks. Sarah highly values a multidisciplinary approach when working with clients and their families. This includes working with speech therapists to create “out-of-the-box” treatment ideas for pediatric clients to help generalize their skills in their own community.

 
   
  Day 1
  08:00 - 09:00   Construction tasks for social skills development, group based therapy, interdisciplinary collaboration
  09:00 - 10:00   Appropriate Participants – diagnosis, skills and evaluation
  10:00 - 10:15   Break
  10:15 - 11:15   Basic Skills-Level Class (Hands-On implementation of group therapy program in a school or clinic environment), includes discussion/troubleshooting
  11:15 - 12:00   Group Activity Discussion, troubleshooting, modifications based on skill and age level
  12:00 - 01:00   Lunch (on your own)
  01:00 - 02:30   Complex Skills-Level Class (Hands-On implementation of group therapy program in a school or clinic environment)
  02:30 - 02:45   Group Activity Discussion, troubleshooting
  02:45 - 03:00   Break
  03:00 - 03:30   Class Modification to suit a variety of age and skill levels
  03:30 - 04:00   Implementing a Home Education Program
  04:00 - 04:45   Goal Writing and Documentation, Practical Implementation
  04:45 - 05:00   Questions/Quiz

Contact hours pre-approved for:
  • CIAO is an ASHA approved provider #AAWA (SLP/SLPA) Bubblesheet required
  • This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional Area)
  • 0.75 CEUs (7.5 Contact Hours)
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTA)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (9.375 PDUs)
  • 0.7 CEUs MS Teachers (Approved by the MS College Office of Continuing Education) exp 05/06/17
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
CIAO is regognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)