Course Listing

2 Day Seminars

How Social Communication Skills Impact Reading Comprehension and Written Expression – Summer Institute 2024

There are a myriad of demands scattered 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 tasks, 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.



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels (elementary, middle, secondary).



Materials will be provided on-site.



There is an option to add one (1) graduate credit to this 2-day course from Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit is optional; the cost is $210 and the non-refundable payment is made directly to Fitchburg. The timeline to opt into graduate credit is firm and details will be available once the course begins so you can make your final decision at that time.



  • Delivery mode: In-person.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 17-18, 2024
8:30am - 3:00pm

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About the Instructor

Linda Gross, M.A., CCC-SLP

Linda is a certified speech-language pathologist with over 35 years of experience. She earned her B.S. in communication disorders and M.A. in speech-language pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Linda is currently a lead faculty member of the Landmark Outreach Program. In this role she serves as an educational consultant partnering with public and private schools. Additionally, she develops and instructs workshops, webinars, and graduate courses for Landmark Outreach Online and the Summer Institute. Linda has also presented seminars at the IDA, LDA, and ASHA national conferences and authored numerous articles on topics related to LBLDs. Previous roles included serving as the Expressive Language Program Director and speech-language consultant at Landmark High School. Linda also brings experience evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of communication and feeding disorders in both clinical and school settings.

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