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Play…Pause…Think! Animations for Social Learning and for Narrative Language and Thought (PD102648)

Presenter(s): Anna Vagin, PhD; Maryellen R Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Animations, video clips, and movies are incredibly engaging for children and adults alike! Using materials that “move” is especially powerful when working with children who struggle with processing the social intentions behind movement—a necessary underpinning for social learning and understanding interactions at home and in school. This course explores an effective technique for building complex narrative language and thought. By “pressing pause,” SLPs and students can take time to talk about and connect “thoughts” (mental states) to elements of story grammar such as initiating events, feelings, and plans. This process is integral for discovering intentions and motivations, perspective-taking, thinking critically, solving problems, and participating in social situations. Speakers also discuss a powerful way to teach “inference” using film “jump cuts.”

This course is a recorded session from the 2021 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 2171V).

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify social cognitive and narrative thought concepts in an animated video 
  • Explain how to deconstruct mental states and thoughts of a character in a video animation for a student on your caseload 
  • Demonstrate how to connect feelings, plans, and resolution in a narrative plot to define themes of resilience and/or cooperation for an individual or group intervention session

Presenter Information

Known for creating the Story Grammar Marker Approach in 1991, Maryellen Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP (Presenting Author), founded MindWing Concepts, Inc. in 1994 to help children think, communicate, and learn. In 2014, she received the Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA) for exemplary leadership/service/achievement in helping children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities. Maryellen is an international presenter and has published more than 63 tools, guides, and resources involving discourse and thought development.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Creator of Story Grammar Marker approach
  • Founder/owner of MindWing Concepts, Inc.

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships relevant to the content of the session

Anna Vagin, PhD (Presenting Author), is a licensed SLP who provides social learning individual and group intervention for children and young adults. She provides consultation to parents and schools and is a frequent speaker, both in person and via webinar, in the U.S. and Canada on topics related to social cognition. She is the author of Movie Time Social Learning (2013) and YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning (2015), and creator of Conversation Paths Pack (2020).

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalties from Think Social Publishing and KDP/Amazon as well as revenue from sales from the Conversation Paths Pack

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships relevant to the content of the session

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by October 27, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: November 2021
End date: October 27, 2027

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102648
Available Through: October 27, 2027