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2 Day Seminars

Beyond Face-to-Face Interactions: How Social Communication Skills Impact Reading & Writing

We often think of social communication in terms of speaking and listening skills, or face-to-face conversations. This seminar will examine how social communication extends to reading comprehension and written expression. Participants will explore specific features of reading and writing that require social communication proficiency.  For example, we know that successful readers are able to access prior knowledge, make predictions, and analyze relationships between characters. Successful writers consider their audience, determine relevant details, state opinions, and persuade others. Additionally, social cognition (flexible thinking) will be discussed as a critical element to reading and writing. Throughout this seminar, attention will be placed on teaching methodologies and strategies to support students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD).


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • explain how social communication is represented in reading and writing
  • describe the role of social cognition in reading and writing
  • explain potential challenges that students with social communication difficulties might face in reading and writing
  • apply effective teaching methodologies and strategies to improve social communication skills within the domains of reading and writing




This course is appropriate for educators, speech-language pathologists, and related professionals working with late elementary through high school students. A basic understanding of social communication (or pragmatic language) skills is recommended.



Participants wishing to receive 1 graduate credit for this course must bring payment of $200 on the first day of the seminar. Payment must be made via credit card or check made out to Fitchburg State University. Cash or Purchase Order will not be accepted for this payment.


This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Graduate Credit ($200 additional fee payable on first day of seminar)
1.2 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 10-11, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm

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Teachers Say...

“Linda is an incredibly knowledgeable SLP who is uniquely able to switch roles from a clinician to educator/professor. Her teaching style is thorough and inclusive of various learning styles. She is incredible well prepared and I hope to take more courses with her.”

Cathy Bruno

About the Instructor

Linda Gross

Linda is a certified speech-language pathologist who joined Landmark High School in 1994 as the expressive language program director, transitioning into a consultative role from 2003-2016. Linda has served as a Landmark Outreach faculty member since 1996, consulting to schools, presenting professional seminars, and teaching graduate-level courses. She also brings experience evaluating and treating students in public school settings. Linda earned both her Bachelor of Science in communication disorders (1986) and Master of Arts in speech-language pathology (1988) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of the booklet, Understanding Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Social Communication Skills, and numerous articles on related topics.



Mrs. Gross receives a speaking fee and may receive compensation for follow-up consultation work relating to her presentation. She also receives compensation as ASHA Continuing Education (CE) Administrator in the form of her salary.



Mrs. Gross states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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