Turn it On: Using Media as Social Learning Material

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Presenters: Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP and Anna Vagin, PhD, CCC-SLP
In this one-hour PodCourse, Dr. Anna Vagin shares her extensive knowledge and expertise on how to use YouTube animation videos with children who have social learning issues. She explains how research supports using materials that “move” especially with children on the autism spectrum. Video animations—with words or without words—are engaging and provide excellent examples of social interaction and pragmatics. They exemplify how feelings are an important aspect of our human experience. Dr. Vagin details specific therapy procedures on how to fun and effectively use and apply short YouTube animation videos in therapy.

By the conclusion of this PodCourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why the use of YouTube animation videos in therapy help children with social learning issues.
  2. Give three features of a child with a social pragmatic disorder.
  3. Describe and give an example of a person’s “inner voice.”
  4. Explain the components of a typical therapy sequence when introducing a YouTube video to a child or a group of children.
About Anna: Anna Vagin, PhD, is a licensed speech/language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. In her private practice in Marin County, California, she provides individual sessions and social learning groups to children, young adults, and their families. Her particular interest is using media to support social thinking in students with diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, NVLD, Language Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Social Communication Disorder or Twice Exceptional. She provides consultation to parents and schools and is a frequent speaker in throughout the United States and Canada on topics related to social cognition. She is the author of Movie Time Social Learning (2012) and YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning (2015).

About Char: Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist, author, seminar presenter, and president and co-founder of Speech Dynamics, Inc. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Western Michigan University under the extraordinary tutelage of Dr. Charles Van Riper, the “father” of articulation therapy during the final years of his illustrious career. 

Char began her career in the public schools in the early 70’s with a caseload of over 110 children. Since then, she has worked many years in the public schools, developed and ran her own private practice, and, for seven years was an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department at Loma Linda University in Southern California.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

1 to 2 minutes: Introduction; The Intrigue of Using YouTube Videos in Therapy

3 to 6 minutes: An Overview of ‘What is Social Learning’

7 to 9 minutes: Social Learning Challenges 

10 to 11 minutes: Characteristics of Children with Social Learning Issues

12 to 15 minutes: The Evolution of the field of “Social Learning” in Speech-Language Pathology; a Tribute to Carol Prutting 

16 to 35 minutes: Tips, Techniques and Guidelines to Working with YouTube Videos and our Children

36 to 39 minutes: How to Transfer and Personalize Social Examples on Videos to Daily Use by the Child; How to Use ‘Stuck Fixers’

40 to 43 minutes: The Importance of the “Inner Voice”

44 to 47 minutes: Anna’s Therapy Nugget

48 to 60 minutes: Questions & Answers with Presenter

Disclosure Statement for Char Boshart:

Financial: Char Boshart is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Anna Vagin:

Financial: Anna Vagin is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties. She is the author of 2 books Movie Time Social Learning (2012) and YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning (2015) which she receives compensations.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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