Cultivating Connection with Special Needs Children

Presented by Adena Soclof, M.S., CCC-SLP


Available on-demand

Course Description:

This course provided perspectives, strategies, and techniques for helping children with special needs and their providers find competence – and confidence – in managing behavior, sensory issues, speech and language challenges, and frustration by learning calming, supportive ways to build a cooperative and nurturing relationship.

This course is applicable to:

This course is applicable to SLPs, OTs, PTs, special educators and teachers working with children aged pre-school through middle school.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course attendees will be able to:

  • Identify strategies to help parents understand and manage their child’s sensory and motor issues

  • List ways to encourage parent involvement, build competence, and deal with feelings of grief and anger

  • Identify strategies to aid parents in facilitating speech and language skills in their child with SN

  • Identify techniques to help parents reduce their child’s frustration and manage meltdowns

  • Describe nurturing and calming ways to engage a child’s cooperation

  • Identify disciplinary tactics that involve empathy and positive alternatives to punishment

Course Outline

There are 7 sections in the course.

  • Section 1: Understanding the needs of all children.

  • Section 2: Understanding Behaviors: He

  • Section 3: Helping Parents

  • Section 4: Nurturing Children

  • Summary of Strategies

  • Conclusions

  • References for learners

Instructional Methodology

This is a text based course with a review and quiz at the end.

Presenter Biography:

Adina Soclof, M.S, CCC-SLP

Adina Soclof, MS, CCC-SLP, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, received her master’s degree from Hunter College in New York in Communication Sciences. She worked as a Speech Pathologist in preschools for the developmentally disabled in the New York school system before staying home full time with her family. She reentered the workforce as a Parent Educator for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau facilitating “How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk,” and “Siblings Without Rivalry” workshops and presentations based on “Raising Your Spirited Child.” Adina also runs workshops based on "How to Talk so Kids can Learn: At Home and at School" for teachers and other mental health professionals. She has been featured at numerous non-profit organizations and private schools in Cleveland.. She lives with her husband and four lively children in Cleveland, Ohio.


Non-Financial: There are no relevant non-financial disclosures at this time.


Financial: Adina receives royalties for the sales of this course. She is the owner and founder of the blog

Course Completion Requriements


A certificate of completion will be awarded to you after you view the text course in it's entirety and score 80% or higher on the 5v question quiz at the end. Download and print your certificate. For NYSED, CTLE contact hours download the NYSED form at the end of the course. With any questions please email us at [email protected]

Refund Policy for text based courses:

TheraSmart will provide a refund for text-based courses if they are requested within 24 hour of course purchase. No credit is available for refunded courses.

Complaint Policy:

We do our best to address your concerns. Any complaints or grievances must be submitted via email to [email protected]. Please include the name, address, phone number, email, profession of person submitting the complaint or grievance, the title of the CE course, as well as the exact nature of the complaint/grievance. The CEA (continuing education administrator) will make an effort to resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of the complainant. This may include issuance of a credit for another CE course or other action suitable to all parties.

Special Needs:

Please indicate any special needs you may have at least 14 days prior to the event by calling or email us. We will try our best to accommodate your needs. This course is applicable to SLPs, SLP assistants, special educators, and teachers.

We're here to help!

For questions or concerns you can reach us by email, text, or phone. Our email address is [email protected]. We can also be reached by text/phone at 305.725.0747.