Speech Language Seminar Offered at TAMIU May 31

TAMIU’s Communication Disorders Center
Offers Seminar May 31, Summer Speech Language Camp

Providers or parents of children with communications disorders and children with communications disorders will want to attend the Texas A&M International University Communications Disorders Center’s seminar “Social Thinking” for providers or “Speech-Language Camp” for children.

“Social Thinking” is scheduled for Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 116.

“Social Thinking is an evidence-based technique that targets social-cognitive deficits exhibited by persons with Asperger Syndrome, high functioning autism, PDD-NOS, non-verbal learning disabilities, hyperlexia and other similar disorders,” explained Melissa P. García, clinical assistant professor of communication disorders.

“Social Thinking is the understanding of reasons, purposes and results of engaging in social interactions. It provides a theory of mind framework with which to interpret social situations. The goal is for people with social-cognitive deficits to increase their social skills,” García continued. Target audiences includes speech language pathologists, special education teachers, teachers, school personnel, service providers and parents. There is no fee for this seminar.

Registration is currently underway for the TAMIU Communications Disorders Center Speech-Language Camp for children diagnosed with speech-language disorders. The Communication Disorders Center will also be providing individual therapy sessions during the month of June.

“The purpose of the Camp is to integrate intensive speech-language skills within a fun environment,” García said.

The camp will run from Monday, June 2 – Thursday, June 26, Monday through Thursday from 9 – 11 a.m. Camp fees are $320 for the four weeks. Children who are unable to attend all four weeks may still participate for a rate of $20 per day. Fees for individual therapy sessions are $10 for a thirty-minute session.

To register for the camps or for more information on the seminar, please contact Garcia at 326.3139, e-mail mpgarcia@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library (KL), room 421A.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

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