Social Skills in School: A Pragmatics Portfolio has EVERYTHING you need whether doing an assessment of pragmatics independently or within a school IEP team including school psychologists. This tool is designed to thoroughly answer the THREE PRONGS OF ELIGIBILITY in the school setting. 1. Is there a disability 2. Is there an adverse educational impact 3. Is specially designed instruction needed? It goes a step further to help answer if there is a disability, which disability by working through factors for differentiating a pragmatic language disorder from a performance deficit and/or a more global deficit. Then, it goes BEYOND the portfolio itself with a goal setting tool (based off of the assessment). This goal setting tool includes objective measures that may also be used to help determine whether or not a student meets your district’s criteria for a deficit in pragmatics when NOT using a standardized measure as IDEA states that assessments should be based on more than just standardized scores alone. Then, it provides scaffolding for writing and measuring progress towards each goal.
The Social Skills in School: A Pragmatics Portfolio takes what may seem like confusing and indistinct information and “lines up the arrows” from assessment to treatment. It is based ASHA’s model for Components of Social Communication which includes social interaction, social cognition, verbal language, nonverbal language and language processing. The social cognition piece includes Theory of Mind and Executive Function skills that overlap and are interwoven aspects of the other four areas. This is your “one stop shop” for pragmatics in the school setting and I am THRILLED to share it with you!