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2 Day Seminars

Social Communication Challenges for Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities

Many children with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) struggle daily to communicate and make sense of their social world. For many of these students, social skills, or pragmatics, need to be broken down and taught directly. This workshop will provide insight regarding the implications of LBLD on social communication skills. Participants will be provided with an introduction to pragmatic language development, as well as application of techniques, activities, and materials for targeted social communication skills at the elementary/middle school levels.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • describe pragmatic language deficits and their impact on social communication
  • explain how social learning challenges can also affect reading comprehension
  • list types of books for elementary and middle-school level students that address social communication themes
  • create lessons for direct instruction of social communication skills
  • Explain how using consistent vocabulary and cues can increase students’ social awareness in a successful and positive manner

This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary and middle school levels.



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 (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs (included)
1 Graduate Credit ($200 additional fee payable on first day of seminar)
1.0 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 19-20, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

“This was the ideal seminar as it was the perfect balance of the latest research practical techniques.”

Elaina Louisos Kramer

About the Instructor

Beth Knox

Beth has taught at Landmark since 2008. She has worked on both the high school and elementary•middle school campuses where she has taught tutorials, language arts, and oral expression: social communication. Beth has also taught classroom management, language arts, and tutorial instruction workshops. She earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in special education from Simmons College.



Mrs. Knox receives a speaking fee.



Mrs. knox states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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