Norwalk SPED Partners and SPED*NET Wilton present:
While learning to talk may be child’s play for some, for others, the endless variation, rapid flow, and changing styles are ongoing challenges. The ability to communicate successfully is critical to a child’s academic, social, and emotional life. Identifying the skills that make for
effective communication is an initial step. Helping children acquire these skills and then apply them requires
knowledge, patience, practice, and support.
Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D., a language pathologist with over 35 years’ experience in clinical and private practice and university teaching, will provide information on the numerous components that make up successful
social communication and will help parents gain the knowledge to have better diagnostic eyes and ears.
Dr. Soifer is the Director of the Soifer Center for Learning and Child Development, a multidisciplinary diagnostic, remedial and advocacy setting of psychologists,
language and speech pathologists, special educators, reading teachers, parent trainers, and advocates. She is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and faculty member in the Early Intervention Training Institute, both at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1998 Dr. Soifer was appointed the Executive Director of the Children’s Development and Education Foundation (renamed the Best Children’s Foundation). She has consulted with many public and private schools across the country, authored a chapter on the relationship of oral
language to literacy for a textbook now in its third edition, and created the language assessment portion of a softw re product, WordWeaver for Speech and Language Assessment.