Cross Country Education Seminars
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Helping Children and Adolescents to Converse and Connect: A Brain-Based Approach to Teaching Communication Skills On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

Gain new techniques for engaging treatment-resistant children and adolescents. Included will be keys to great family communication, strengthening a child's social awareness and tips for working with challenging situations.

Course Description/Agenda

Communication skills are the essential foundation for building emotional intelligence, social awareness and self-control. Yet the psychology of good communication is often misunderstood or overlooked. Too many children are mislabeled as underachievers when their true deficit is one of not knowing how to express themselves and interpret the communication of others. These deficits are especially pronounced among children with ADHD, Social Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Conduct Disorders and Learning Disabilities, including Non-Verbal Learning Disorders. Knowing how to project empathy and decode the verbal and nonverbal communication of others is the essence of becoming socially skilled, yet few children develop these skills intuitively. There are growing numbers of children in need of support and informed guidance for what is rapidly becoming a critical tipping point for 21st century success-skilled social communication.

This one-day seminar provides an overview of the cognitive skills that form the foundation of social communication and a plan for improving them. Participants will learn how to engage children and adolescents in communication therapy, and how to use those therapeutic experiences as a platform for building social courage and confidence. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how and why social cognitive difficulties are misinterpreted as emotional or behavioral problems. The many practical strategies presented will be informed by new research on topics such as "mirror neurons," gender differences and social-perceptual skills. In addition to learning about the communication skills of children and teens, participants will gain insight into how their own communication style is perceived by young people.

  • Discover how communication skills increase a child's emotional wellbeing and chances for social success
  • Outline methods for the three most challenging situations: resistant, shy and learning disabled youth
  • Explore how gender shapes communication style
  • Acquire strategies for building and strengthening children's social awareness
  • Identify the critical differences between shyness and a social learning problem
  • Learn the keys to unlocking great family communication

What You'll Learn

  • Emotional and cognitive risks associated with under-developed communication skills
  • How and why being a good communicator requires much more than a large vocabulary
  • How to get nonverbal kids excited about coming to therapy
  • Effects of socioeconomic factors and cultural issues on communication style
  • How to translate social skills into a practical code teens can learn and apply without stress
  • Why mothers and fathers assess the importance of communication skills differently
  • How to coordinate a multidisciplinary treatment team focused on social development
  • Gain new techniques for engaging treatment-resistant children and adolescents

What People Are Saying About the Class

"Everything went beautifully yesterday. Adam was fantastic! His humor was very engaging, and his ability to synthesize complex issues into digestible chunks was really appreciated by the attendees. He truly knows how to translate theory into practice." - Kate Lloyd, Program Director, Learning Disability Association, Ontario


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