1 December 2023
How do we assess something as expansive, dynamic, involved, people sensitive and context dependent as Social Communication? Language and Social Communication are interrelated. How do we reconcile standardized test findings with what we see informally in the individual and what know intuitively about them? They may be talking and functional in their language abilities, but struggling to fit and function in the classroom. We struggle to organize our informal observations into meaningful frameworks. And so, we remain compelled to use standardized tests scores to ensure evidence based practice. Our goals in intervention cannot be relevant and functional to the individual if we do not integrate the two.
We can only assess something we have defined clearly. Hence, we must define language competence as it relates to social communication. Before we examine the unique qualities of dynamic assessment, as an approach that leads directly to intervention. Should caregivers be involved in the assessment process and if so to what extent and how? We will review the place of common frameworks, that could help organise our observations and guide better programming, as well as more meaningful goal setting.
In this 1-day talk, we will:
- Describe language competence as it relates to social communication
- Unpack the unique qualities of dynamic assessment, which leads directly to intervention and as an ongoing process that helps inform intervention
- Examine the role of the caregiver in the assessment process, from interview to having them involved
- Identify the tenets of dynamic assessment - why it is essential to more integrated care
- Understand why standardized testing alone cannot inform intervention planning
- Learn to observe children (and parents) at play/ interacting
- Explore frameworks that will help organise our findings to support better programming as well as more meaningful goal setting
- Know WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and study examples using the ICF framework
About the workshop
Who should attend
This seminar is meant for professionals - therapists, Psychologists, and special eduction teachers.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
My learning experience with Chithra has always been dynamic and inspiring, whether it's face to face or online. I always leave empowered as a special educator and interventionist.
Jhoanna, Allied Educator
Really enjoyed this workshop by Chitra! She went through it very systematically (theory -> definitions -> real life examples -> f/u questions/things to think about). Really helped me look at assessment through 'clearer' lens by noting what are some key dynamic observations to consider vs the usual things we look out for.
Shireen Gill , Speech-Language Therapist
Chithra Kathiresan, Speech-Language Therapist
- DIR® Floortime™ Faculty and Trainer with Profectum, USA
- Hanen® Certified (ITTT, MTW, Talkability)
- Social Thinking® Speakers Collaborative, USA
Chithra has been working as a speech-language therapist for more than 26-years, in Singapore. Her broad experience includes working in hospitals, school, home and clinic, with a wide age-range, from infants to teens and young adults. Her diverse caseload includes nonverbal students with intellectual disability, to highly verbal, twice-exceptional gifted individuals. She appreciates development in all its colours! She works with caregivers from many different cultures and is highly sensitive to differences in parenting in Asia. Chithra has been learning and growing in DIR Floortime since 2003. She is DIR Floortime associate Faculty for the USA certification body Profectum. Chithra trains in their online certification programs and tutors’ professionals internationally. She has presented several DIR Floortime trainings in, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong and Australia.