Fostering Development in Children with Special Needs: A Guide for Parents and Clinicians


About the Course
Children with special needs of any kind have the same need as other children to belong and feel significant in ways that elicit positive responses from those around them. And yet the ways in which they go about attempting to meet their needs frequently have the effect of alienating others and making them feel even more isolated and ineffectual. What is required is for us as clinicians, parents, and teachers to adapt our interactions with them to take their special needs into account without allowing these needs to block our vision of the children underneath. This is not an easy undertaking, as it involves managing to stay focused on children’s individual strengths while helping them understand and manage their challenges. This course will provide perspectives, strategies, and techniques for helping children with special needs and their parents 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.   

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner 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 
  • Outline strategies to aid parents in developmental skills in their child with special needs 
  • Identify techniques to help parents reduce their child’s frustration and manage meltdowns 
  • Recall nurturing and calming ways to engage a child’s cooperation and participation in occupational activities 
  • Apply disciplinary tactics that involve empathy and positive alternatives to punishment 

About the Author/Presenter
Adina Soclof, MS. CCC-SLP, is a parent educator, professional development instructor, and speech pathologist working with children in a school setting.?Adina is the founder of Her book,?Parenting Simply: Preparing Kids for Life,?is now available. She delivers parenting classes as well as professional development workshops for speech pathologists, teachers, and other health professionals. Adina is available for speaking engagements. You can reach her at [email protected] or check out her website at

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 6-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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Identification, Mitigation, and Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships 
The planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) of this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. 

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (Provider #9118). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

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