A Conceptual Framework of Social Communication: Applications to Pediatric Traumatic Brain

Speakers: Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, Ph.D. 

*This speaker will be presenting virtually.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance.

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.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych PA Board

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speakers’ Bio: 

Catherine Wiseman-Hakes is a speech-language pathologist and clinical neuroscientist. She is an assistant professor in the graduate Speech Language Pathology Program in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is also an Affiliate Scientist at the KITE Research Institute at the UHN-Toronto Rehab Institute. Catherine has devoted her career in research, clinical practice, teaching, and advocacy, towards a better understanding of the factors which impact recovery from TBI across the lifespan, and interventions to support positive outcomes. She has participated in the development of international guidelines for the management of TBI and is the author and co-author of numerous publications including a book chapter on Language, Cognitive-communication, and social communication for Pediatric Neurological Disorders.