Building Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development in Children

In this interactive seminar, you will learn practical strategies to improve your client’s emotional health, social competence and cognitive abilities. Disc...
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Susan Hamre
Full Day
Audio and Video
Apr 22, 2016


In this interactive seminar, you will learn practical strategies to improve your client’s emotional health, social competence and cognitive abilities. Discover evaluation and treatment plans for children (birth-13 years old) who demonstrate social-emotional challenges, including those diagnosed with disorders/delays in communication, development, cognition, autism, sensory processing, behavior and attachment. This seminar also includes social-emotional development as it relates to cultural influences, adoption, child abuse and neglect.

Walk away with a “social-emotional intervention toolbox” to enhance your client’s overall successful integration into society. The essential strategies and techniques you will learn include:

  • Scripts and first person stories to develop creative language
  • Sensory diets that can be easily integrated throughout daily routines
  • Methods to help the child identify, express and label their feelings
  • Video modeling techniques to develop joint attention
  • Activities to reduce stimulation and provide calm
  • Systems to provide family structure and consistency in the home
  • Techniques that can be used in the clinic, home and school

Don't miss this opportunity to learn strategies that can be implemented immediately with some of your most challenging clients.


Linking Disorders to Social-Emotional Development

  • Developmental delays
  • Cognitive delays
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
  • Sensory Integration/Processing Disorder
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Attachment disorders

Foundations for Treatment

  • Current brain research: What is critical in overall development?
  • How social-emotional and cognitive development are intertwined
  • 6 core features of solid social-emotional health

Screening and Evaluation Tools

  • Early signs of ‘at risk’ social-emotional development
  • Measurement of cognitive functions
  • Pre-linguistic communication
  • Expressive and receptive communication
  • Early and subtle signs of autism
  • Sensory seeking and/or avoiding behaviors
  • Fine and gross motor development

Communication Strategies

  • Interventions to develop receptive skills/ language comprehension
  • Scripts and first person stories to develop creative language
  • Communication cards, choice boards and Apps as visual supports
  • “High-tech” communication devices
  • Social stories to break down daily activities

Sensory Integration/Processing Strategies

  • Sensory diets that can be easily integrated throughout daily routines
  • Sensory breaks that promote focus and self-regulation
  • Teach child how to self-advocate

Self-Regulation Strategies

  • Teach child to identify, express and label their feelings
  • Use high focus/interests as incentives to change behavior
  • Techniques to teach self-calm and self-control
  • Guided imagery and visualization for relaxation
  • Manage behavior and emotions

Joint Attention Strategies

  • Develop a relationship based on joint interest
  • Create a need to access interest
  • Generate motivation
  • Video modeling

Environmental Strategies

  • Create a ‘calm’ atmosphere
  • Visual supports for organization
  • Reduce stimulation and peer-to-peer conflict
  • Appropriate vs. inappropriate use of technology

Individualized Treatment Plan: Hands-on Activity

  • Walk away with a treatment plan in place!


  1. Explain how early forms of communication, sensory, social-emotional and physical development can affect overall cognitive development.
  2. Utilize strategies to strengthen communication, sensory processing and joint attention deficits that impact social-emotional development.
  3. Develop treatment plans that impact the development of social-emotional skills.
  4. Design treatment techniques that can be used in the home, school and clinic environments.
  5. Employ strategies to develop social reciprocity, self-regulation, attention and overall focusing skills.
  6. Determine the family support systems that will ensure realistic and long-lasting plans for the child.


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Building Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development in Children

Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP Related seminars and products: 7

Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching and research experience with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She owns and manages a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on Early Intervention, autism and various other challenging conditions. A clinician at heart, Susan has personally provided treatment for children as young as nine months, on up. She has had the pleasure of working with some individuals and their families for over 20 years.

Susan is a national presenter teaching treatment strategies for autism to rehab professionals, mental health clinicians and educators. She provides autism trainings to First Responders (Crisis Intervention Teams, firefighters and EMT. Susan was the Director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps in Illinois, where trained first responders, transportation systems, park districts, small and large venues, nursing colleges, medical centers, parent groups and public school systems. Years of professional experience backs up her ability to speak on this subject with conviction and passion.

Susan has made five Operation Smile mission trips; four to the Philippines and one to Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on every one of those trips, she was privy to identify the existence of probable autism, then steering the families in the right direction. Those situations underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics that cloak autism can be spotted at a very young age, in all sorts of environments and even when the same language is not being spoken.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Hamre maintains a private practice.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-Financial: Susan Hamre has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.