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Course Date(s):

Module 1: July 6, 2020
Module 2: July 13, 2020
Module 3: July 20, 2020
Module 4: July 27, 2020

Grad Credit Project Due August 7, 2020

Registration Deadline:

July 2, 2020


Online Facilitated




24 PDPs

Grad Credit:

Optional 2 graduate credits from Worcester State University for $250, available at the time of course registration


$360 / TEC Members
$410 / Non-TEC Members


Online | Facilitated


Guidance Counselors, Middle School Educators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, PreK and Elementary Educators, School Psychologists, Social Workers, Special Educators

Strengthening Social Competencies in Students: What Are They? How Do They Impact Learning? How Do I Help Students Succeed?

This course will provide participants with a background and description of various social language competencies. Participants will understand the expected development of these skills, and the impact upon student learning when skills are not acquired as expected. In this course, participants will discover how common disabilities, such as autism, ADHD, anxiety,  and social communication disorder, can impact the social language development, social comprehension, and ultimately students’ academic progress. Discover how social competencies relate to student achievement and challenges across the curriculum, and how you can accommodate students to promote their academic and social success. Through this course, participants will learn strategies to help students with weak or impaired social skills develop positive social behaviors across all areas. This course will include differentiation by grade levels and/or specialty areas. Participants will walk into their classroom with ideas they can implement right away to support student achievement across the social competency domain, thereby helping students to access all parts of the curriculum!

Note: Once you are notified of acceptance into the course, please secure a copy of the following text: Myles, BS, Trautman, ML, & Schelvan, RL. (2013). The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.

About the Instructor


Tracy Robinson, has been a speech and language pathologist for 29 years. She has been working in the public schools in Massachusetts for the past 20 years. Helping individuals of all ages(pre-K-12 and beyond) with social pragmatic disabilities and communication disorders has been her passion.  Additionally, she has completed various course work and continuing education in the areas of: Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner), Reading (Project Read),Writing (Framing Your Thoughts), literacy, sensory processing, hearing impairment, apraxia, executive functioning, autism, ADHD and mindfulness. Tracy holds a Master’s Degree and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech and Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from ASHA.

To register for the course: Go online to You will be able to sign up for graduate credit at the time of registration.

Withdrawals:  No credits/refunds will be given unless TEC is notified 10 business days before the first class. All payments processed upon receipt.k

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