Supporting Cognitive and Social Communication: A Functional Neurodevelopmental Approach

Speakers: Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, Ph.D. 

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

This session will complement session one to provide an interdisciplinary, ‘hands-on’, evidence-based approach to the assessment and support of children and youth with brain injuries, with an aim to maximize functional outcomes. Consideration will be given to the role of families and communication partners including teachers, clinicians, and peers, in addition to the development of self-advocacy for the young person. Practical strategies to facilitate developmentally appropriate, optimal cognitive-communication and social communication will be discussed along with the need to consider both the child’s/young person’s current status along with longer-term developmental status, needs, and outcomes.

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.