Effect of Maltreatment and Trauma on Communication and Language Development
Trauma can be caused by a number of adverse experiences including maltreatment, medical neglect, racism, migration, and a global pandemic. Now, more than ever before, it is essential to understand how trauma can affect a child and their family, how it can impact brain development and functioning, and subsequently the child’s ability to use language and social pragmatic communication. This course addressed trauma, its causes, and its impacts for child communication and language development, as well as how one should support children with trauma histories.
5 mins - Disclosures, Introduction
25 mins - Review of current research
50 mins - Objectives
Define maltreatment and trauma.
Explain the impact of maltreatment and trauma on brain development and functioning
Discuss the impact of maltreatment and trauma on language and social pragmatic communication of children with maltreatment and trauma histories.
Discuss ways to assess and support the communication and language of children with maltreatment and trauma histories.
10 mins - Q&A
ASHA: 0.15 ASHA CEUs,
CA SLPAHB: 1.5 hrs
CMH: 1.5 hrs
About the Presenter
Financial: Dr. Hyter received a stipend for delivering this course.
Non-Financial: Dr. Hyter is one of the founders of the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center and is currently co-director of the WMU Resiliency Center for Families and Children. Her work in these institutions and with the families and children served by these institutions is one source (of many) informing her work on child trauma. Dr. Hyter’s business, Language & Literacy Practices, LLC, provides an Institute on Child Trauma and Communication twice per year, and some information in this short course is also presented in various forms within
the Institute modules.
- Define maltreatment and trauma.
- Explain the impact of maltreatment and trauma on brain development and
- Discuss the impact of maltreatment and trauma on language and social pragmatic
communication of children with maltreatment and trauma histories.
- Begin to discuss ways to assess and support the communication and language of
children with maltreatment and trauma histories.
Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements
This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.
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