Working with Children with Both Behavioral Health and Speech/Language Challenges

In this on-line course, child and adolescents clinicians will learn about the intersection of speech and language disorders and behavioral challenges including the prevalence of the co-occurrence as well as how the co-occurrence creates a unique set of challenges for some young people.  Participants will also learn practical strategies for working with children with co-occurring challenges.


  • Understand how children need expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language to master the tasks of childhood.
  • Learn practical strategies when working with children with behavioral/emotional and speech/language problems.

This course is designed for child and adolescent behavioral health clinicians including social workers, addictions counselors and other mental health professionals.  The course was developed for social workers and other mental health professionals at all the beginning and intermediate practice levels.  

Nina Lorch:  Language has always been first and foremost in Nina Lorch’s interests and has had a lifelong role in directing her course: as a student of language and linguistics; as a traveler and Peace Corps Volunteer, as a teacher of EFL and ESL, as a teacher trainer, and ultimately as a Speech Language Pathologist.  She worked in that role at Wright School for over 21 years, until her retirement in 2012.

During her tenure at Wright School, Nina provided assessment and intervention with students and regularly taught in their classrooms.  She developed and presented parent workshops as well as conference presentations for teachers and helping professionals on topics such as the Co-Occurrence of Language and Behavior Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Typical Language Development, Storytelling, and Building Executive Skills in Children.

AGENDA: Self-paced on-line course of 1.5 hours

Part 1:

  • Intersection of Speech and Language Disorders and Behavioral Disorders
  • Five Subsystems of Language
  • Practical Strategies Using the Child’s Strengths

Part 2:

  • Resources
  • Post Test
  • Course Evaluation

NBCC ACEP #6642: UNC School of Social Work (SSW) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6642.Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.UNC SSW is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, #1406, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 8/10/2019 to 8/10/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

Confirmation Notices & Certificates of Completion: We will confirm your registration by email after payment is received. If you successfully complete this course, your certificate will be ready for you to print or save. Successful completion includes:

  • Amount of time spent in the course has met the course minimum.
  • You have completed the course evaluation
  • You have passed the Post-Test (80%).

Refund Policy: Not applicable for this event (the course is free).

Inclement Weather Policy: N/A

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at (919) 843-6083. Websites and courses have been developed in compliance of US Section 508 standards where applicable or meeting W3C priority 1 guidelines for web accessibility.

Please contact with any questions or concerns regarding this course.

Funded wholly or in part by the federal Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.958) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.

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