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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Social Emotional Difficulties in Language Impaired Toddlers and Preschoolers

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—This 45 slide presentation was created for speech language pathologists to explain the connection between late language development and the risk of social emotional disturbances in young children 18 months-6 years of age.
Learning Objectives:
  • —Explain the connection between late language development and social emotional functioning
  • —Describe manifestations of emotional behavioral difficulties in young children with language deficits
  • —List formal and informal assessments relevant to toddlers and preschoolers
  • —Explain why the warning signs of significant emotional behavioral manifestations in young children warrant a referral to related professionals
    • —Psychologists
    • Psychiatrists

Slide Content:

  • Language impairment and psychiatric comorbidities
  • How early do these difficulties show?
  • Do the parents always see it?
  • are there discrepancies between parents and teachers?
  • What should we track with respect to behavior?
  • What are some warning signs of behavioral difficulties?
  • It’s not just autism that’s a concern
  • Common Psychiatric Disorders in Children 2-5 years of age
  • Let’s talk personal observations
    • Psychiatric Hospital
    • Private Practice (with focus on psychiatric disorders)
  • Are all language delayed toddlers/preschoolers at risk?
  • When do you really see behavior issues in full effect?
  • Let’s Talk Assessment
  • Preparing for Assessment: Parental Interview
  • During the Assessment
  • Language Sample and Complex Sentences:  Did you know..?
  • Narrative Assessment Overview
  • Narrative Ages and Stages
  • What can narratives yield about the child?
  • Standardized Instruments Sensitive to Social Pragmatic Deficits
  • Checklists Sensitive to Behavior Difficulties in Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • Reviewing the Language Findings
  • Comparing Results
  • What to do next?
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Helpful Resources
  • Contact Information