November 9, 2021
An introduction to cognitive-communication and social communication in children and youth with brain injury: It is well understood that brain injury sustained during childhood can alter the developmental trajectory of a young person, and may result in difficulties with learning, academics and socialization. This session will provide participants with an overview of concepts related to cognitive-communication and social communication, and how these are impacted following brain injury in children and youth. A neurodevelopmental lens will be applied to facilitate an understanding of the developmental interplay between cognition, social-emotional development, and language development across the trajectory from early childhood through adolescence and young adulthood, with consideration of the impact on long-term recovery. Implications for learning and social interaction will be considered and framed within the context of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health. The concept of Communication Partner Training will also be introduced. Throughout both sessions, case studies will be presented with opportunities for discussion and problem-solving.
Presenter: Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, Ph.D.