Linda Murphy MS, CCC-SLP
Author of Declarative Language Handbook & Co-Regulation Handbook
March 13, 2023
8:00 AM—3:00 PM EST
Live on-line Webinar
6 contact hours
0.6 AOTA CEU
0.6 ASHA CEU
6.0 CTLE credit/contact hours,
6.0 CEUs for NY social workers
CE Broker for OTs where applicable
$229 Before February 16
$249 After February 16
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OTs, OTAs, SLPs, SLP-As, special educators, educators, social workers, principals, and mental health professionals
Why are declarative language and co-regulation two tools that are important for engagement and learning? Often, children with social learning differences do not feel competent. Many aspects of life, interactions and learning can be challenging and as a result children experience stress responses (fight/flight/freeze), which are perceived as challenging behaviors (e.g., they may shut down, not respond to our communicative bids, use aggression, etc.). When we engage our learners using declarative language and co-regulation, we create a feedback loop where we become better able to read their cues in the moment, and more confident adjusting what we are doing to support their competence and continued engagement. As we take the time to establish this type of positive learning environment, that is inviting and helps our learners experience competence, they engage more fully because they trust challenge will be introduced at a pace that is manageable to them. As a result, they learn more about themselves, they learn to self-advocate, and they become more open to learning about others and the world.
In this 6-hour course, participants will learn about these two tools, learn how to teach in a way that is guiding vs. directive, and empowering to the individual vs. compliance-based. Participants will be shown many examples of what this looks like in action. These methods help us create engagements that our students feel more comfortable joining for longer periods of time. As students feel authentically and positively connected, they can better navigate breakdowns, and stress responses (i.e., challenging behaviors) decrease.
- Part 1- Declarative Language: Using a Thoughtful Language Style to Help Kids with Social Learning Differences Feel Competent, Connected, and Understood
- Each time we speak, we have the opportunity to choose our words. Speaking in a thoughtful way means that we are choosing words that will invite and empower individuals with social learning differences to feel connected, feel competent, and feel understood while learning and being guided outside their comfort zone. When we pause to think about what we say and how we say it, kids in turn stop to think about what they say or do in response. In this part of the course, participants will be shown a speaking style called declarative language that can be naturally used within social interactions to encourage connection and learning across areas of perspective-taking, flexible thinking, problem-solving, and experience sharing.
- Part 2 – Co-Regulation: Creating Competence, Balance and Positive Connection Through the Ups and Downs of Learning
- In Part 2 of this session, participants will learn about a teaching process called Guided Participation, which uses co-regulation to create authentic partnerships between the teacher and student, therapist and client, or caregiver and child. When practicing co-regulation, the guide thoughtfully crafts competent, contingent roles for their student in an ongoing way, and responsibility is transferred over time, at a pace that is just right for each learner. This leads to positive social connection, true reciprocity, and increased opportunities for engagement, growth, and continued learning.
- Part 3: Declarative Language & Troubleshooting: What to Think About and/or Do When it Doesn’t Seem to Work
- Declarative Language does NOT work every time you use it! This is expected. In this next session, common reasons for breakdowns will be explored, along with tools to navigate these breakdowns in the moment. Several video clips will be shared to show what this looks like in action.
- Part 4: Creating Positive and Successful Peer Interactions
- Now that you have the tools, how can we apply these to help kids have successful interactions with each other, develop positive relationships, form friendships, and learn together? Specific topics covered include a framework for how to approach and think about peer interaction through this relationship-based lens using co-regulatory frameworks, for example, natural environment and more structured activity ideas, and ways to introduce and include kids in competitive games so that they stay engaged and successful.
This program is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Beginner level, Professional Area).
This link can be used to access the course brochure which contains the speakers’ disclosures.
TheraMoves is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID#05948 . This distant learning – interactive course is offered at 0.6 CEUs, a beginner educational level, in the area of occupational therapy service delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
TheraMoves Services, LLC, is Approved for Sponsoring by New York State Board for OTs & OTAs
Approved by NYSED for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE hours) (CTLE approval 23490)
Approved for Social Workers by the NY State ED Dept. #SW-0499
About the Instructor
Linda is a speech language pathologist and RDI® Consultant. She co-founded Peer Projects - Therapy From the Heart, a clinic in Beverly, MA dedicated to helping kids and families by using a positive, thoughtful communication style that emphasizes understanding, patience, respect, and kindness. Linda has been working with individuals with social learning differences for over 25 years. She leads trainings on the topic of social learning, has authored Declarative Language Handbook, Co-Regulation Handbook, numerous articles, and co-authored the book Social Thinking and Me with Michelle Garcia Winner. Linda lives north of Boston with her husband and their two busy lovable boys.Read More
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