The Kids are the Easy Part. I Have to Work with Grownups?!

1 hour
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Course Type: PowerPoint Video

You’re a communication expert. Why is it often so challenging to communicate productively with colleagues and parents? Because you’re human, and effective communication, like any other acquired skill, must be explicitly learned.   We will identify strategies to foster colleague interactions and discuss simple skills to resolve adversarial situations.  Join us as we discuss proven and productive relationship-building approaches that help communication-savvy individuals collaborate more effectively with others.

Participants will be able to:

  • List 2 personal and 2 professional needs within interdisciplinary teams
  • Identify 2 strategies to foster positive and productive colleague interactions 
  • Identify 2 productive strategies to resolve adversarial situations
  • Identify 2 examples of positive interactions in case studies






As speech-language pathologists, we have been formally trained in the areas of speech and language. Our education and clinical experiences yield competence for us to perform our daily duties of assessment and therapy. Competence in these areas, however, is only part of our professional credibility (Covey). Whether you work in a school setting, hospital, private entity, or home-health facility, SLPs must be able to work well within a team. And, truth be told, a well-executed interdisciplinary model yields the best results for our clients, students and families (Durbin, 1990). Outside of formal meetings, we must also acknowledge that our daily interactions include communication and engagement with others. What strategies best foster positive and productive colleague interactions? And, what strategies are best for resolving adversarial situations?

Beginning in the 1990’s, a new school of thought emerged in the area of special education. Facilitating IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) is a term used to describe an approach focused on communication, group dynamic and conflict resolution (Schwarz, 1994). As service providers, we are beginning to understand the art of people skills is vital for forward trajectory and client success. Decades worth of literature outside the field of speech-language pathology supports the importance of effective communication strategies in 1) establishing and maintaining productive professional relationships (Patterson et al. 2011, Crucial Conversations) 2) garnering change and new ideas in others (Heath, Switch) (Rogers, 2003, Diffusion of Innovation) and 3) implementing effective processes for compliance and competence. (Capodagli, 2001, The Disney Way).

As speech-language pathologists, we also understand challenging interactions. Our profession requires disseminating unexpected news, reporting professional judgment, tracking data and working within an interdisciplinary team. With all tasks related to the daily functioning of others, emotions and expectations can be vast and difficult. As a result, it is important to utilize effective communication strategies within difficult interactions: earning trust through credibility (Covey), practicing active listening skills (1000 Happy Strategies & Kleon) and being explicit with future goals and objectives (Covey). Use of proven communication strategies confidently and with intentionality in our day to day work and in difficult conversations with others, increases not only the effectiveness of our interdisciplinary teams, but also our personal satisfaction with the quality of our work and of our relationships.

As our field dynamically adjusts to meet our clients’ and students’ needs, it is imperative to utilize effective strategies to embrace change. Equally important is the ability to effectively communicate with all members of the team in an effective and efficient manner. This course will provide specific strategies through research-based approaches and case studies to give functional outcomes for participants.

DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses.
DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Phuong Palafox, M.A., CCC-SLP has no financial relationships to disclose.
DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Phuong Palafox does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.