Communication Techniques that Work for Therapists and Parents

On Demand

Communication Techniques that Work for Therapists and Parents

Master communication strategies that motivate children and simultaneously enhance your relationship with them.

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About this Course

Course Description

This course is a 3.5-hour online continuing education (CE) course that teaches communication skills for use with young clients and for parents to use with their own children.

Healthy professional and personal relationships rely heavily on effective and respectful communication skills. Professionals and parents can benefit from enhancing their repertoire of communication techniques to improve the quality of relationships with families and children who have communication skills deficits. The competent use of language can increase young clients’ self-esteem, motivate them to learn, engage their willing cooperation, defuse power struggles, and teach conflict resolution skills.

The purpose of this course is to teach clinicians and parents effective and practical communication and conversational skills to use in the classroom, in one-on-one situations, at home with children and their families. Using these strategies, participants will be better prepared to manage difficult situations conversations, creating a more peaceful work or home life.

(Note: Although ASHA is not listed in the Educational Credits section below, ASHA credits can be arranged with advance request. If you would like to receive ASHA credits for this course, contact us before course purchase at


  • When: On Demand
  • Time: 3.5 hours
  • Where: On Demand
  • Speaker: Adina Soclof, MS., CCC-SLP
  • Course Level: Introductory
  • Target Audience: OTs, PTs, SLPs, COTAs, PTAs, parents, behavioral therapists, educators, administrators and psychologists working with children

Meet the Presenter

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Adina Soclof, MS., CCC-SLP

Parent Educator, Adina Soclof teaches parents and professionals the art of effective communication at home and in school. She offers strategies that support character development, confidence, and resilience in children of all ages and abilities.

Adina’s professional development workshops guide teachers and other professionals to create safe spaces where children learn and grow.

Her live and online parenting classes give moms and dads the language and strategies to create a nurturing and structured home environment. Find her blog at

A Certified Speech Pathologist, Adina received her BA in History at Queens College and her MS in Communication Sciences at Hunter College.

Disclosure: Adina Soclof receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Learning Objectives

Identify barriers to effective communication.

Identify six skills for responding empathically to children’s negative feelings.

List techniques to help parents reduce their child’s frustration and manage meltdowns.

Describe causes of behavioral issues that impede cooperation.

List ten techniques that help engage children’s cooperation.

Discriminate between evaluative praise and descriptive praise.

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Educational Credits

Hands on Approaches, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Approved by AOTA for 0.35 CEUs.

Learning Objectives will be assessed via a post-test given at the end of the webinar. A passing grade of 70% is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.

Recognized by NYSED State Board for PT as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education. Approved for 0.35 contact hours.

Approved for 3.5 CTLE contact hours.

Learning Objectives will be assessed via a post-test given at the end of the webinar. A passing grade of 70% is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.

Time Ordered Agenda

Introduction: Managing Children’s Negative Feelings

Barriers to effective communication and how to respond to reduce frustration and power struggles.
60 Minutes

Engaging Children’s Cooperation

Identifying causes of behavioral issues. 10 techniques that engage children's cooperation.
60 Minutes

Improving Motivation and Self-Esteem in Children

Discriminating between evaluative and effective praise. The Self-Esteem Movement and its issues. 3 techniques for increasing motivation to learn.
90 Minutes

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