Make Social Learning Stick!

Make Social Learning Stick! Therapists and Parents as Partners By Elizabeth Sautter, M.A. CCC-SLP At Communication Works, we’re passionate about partnering with parents and caregivers in the treatment process. When it comes to social learning, many children struggle to carry over learned skills from therapy or school to their home environment. Parents and caregivers are…

Autism Awareness Month

by Hanna Bogen, M.S., CF-SLP Speech Language Pathologist, Clinical Fellow With April being National Autism Awareness Month, it may be simply coincidence that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement on April 2nd, 2014 announcing a readjusted estimate for autism prevalence. The statement began with the following staggering numbers: “CDC estimates that one…

The Brain and Sleep

The brain uses sleep as an opportunity to complete numerous critical tasks for our development: memories get transferred into long-term “storage,” our thoughts from the day get arranged and rearranged, and we continue to build strong neural pathways. Too little sleep can trigger emotional regulation challenges during the school day, behavioral outbursts, attention difficulties, challenges…

Animating Therapy

Media can be such a great way to engage students of all ages in working on therapy objectives. We can help students recognize that all people and characters are engaged in social decision making by using their favorite movies and shows as teaching opportunities. Below are different ways that Pixar Animated Shorts are used to…

Serve Up Some Social Learning

Teachable moments to support social learning and executive functioning with children are scattered all throughout our daily routines. Cooking is a common household activity that can embed skills like following directions, sequencing, taking turns, joint attention, waiting, flexibility and conversation. As winter settles in, you can start a new tradition of cooking family-friendly recipes that…