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2 Day Seminars

How Social Communication Skills Impact Reading Comprehension and Written Expression, In-Person – Summer Institute 2021

If you are signing up for this section, you are signing up for an in-person section with a limited number of spaces. This course can also be taken virtually. If you want to take the course virtually, you must register for the virtual section so we can ensure you receive login instructions.

The content for the virtual section and in-person section is the same.



  • Event type: Two-day seminar
  • Section delivery mode: In-person. All recommended guidelines around social distancing, masks, hand washing, etc. will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.



There are a myriad of demands that exist throughout the academic day that require students to effectively use social communication (pragmatic language) skills. We often think of these skills in terms of speaking and listening skills, or face-to-face interactions. 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 and flexible thinking will be discussed as critical elements of reading and writing. Throughout this seminar, attention will be placed on instructional strategies to support students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD). 

 Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • explain how social communication and social cognition are represented in reading and writing assignments
  • describe potential challenges that students with social communication difficulties might face in completing reading and writing assignments
  • apply effective 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 (pragmatic language) skills is recommended.



Please bring a laptop, as all necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
Optional graduate credit for an additional fee of $125
Dates/Time Price
July 19-20, 2021
8:30am - 3:00pm Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Linda Gross

Linda is a certified speech-language pathologist. Throughout her career, she has worked in clinical and school settings evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of communication disorders. Linda joined Landmark High School as the expressive language program director in 1994, transitioning into a consultation role in this program from 2003-2016. Linda has also been a Landmark Outreach Program faculty member since 1996. For Outreach, she consults with private and public schools, as well as develops and teaches courses for the Summer Institute and Landmark Outreach Online. Linda’s expertise is in child and adolescent language disorders with a particular interest in social communication deficits. She has presented seminars on these topics at the IDA, LDA,  and ASHA national conferences. Linda earned both her bachelor’s (1986) and master’s (1988) degrees in communication disorders from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

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