Conversation Club: A Social Pragmatic Skills Group for Adults with Autism
About the Conversation Club
The Conversation Club is a social
The Conversation Club, developed by Dr. Shubha Kashinath, collaborates with the College Link Program (CLP) to provide social pragmatic interventions to
Who can attend?
The group currently includes CSUEB students who are enrolled in the College Link Program.
When and where will therapy take place?
The group consist of 4-5 members and is facilitated by graduate student clinicians under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist. The group meets on the CSUEB campus.
What can I expect?
Each semester, the groups meet to identify individual social and pragmatic goals around a theme related to social communication. Past themes have included: The Art of Conversation, Making Friends, and Understanding Non-Verbal Communication. Each session targets specific skills related to the theme. Each session includes structured discussion and practice of target skills, role-playing and problem-solving and
- Interpreting non-verbal language
- The art of small talk
- Learning to take another person’s perspective
- Hidden social rules in various settings (restaurants, dorms, library)
- Including others in conversations
- Learning to disagree
- Use of appropriate tone and register of voice
- Initiating and maintaining conversations
- Interviewing skills.
The Conversation Club is currently led by Jennifer Rosenquist with support from Dr. Kashinath. Interested persons can call the CSUEB Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at (510) 885-3241, or email Dr. Shubha Kashinath directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News and Events
Check out the following articles about the Conversation Club/CLP:
- CSU East Bay Magazine, Winter 2013: Autism Interventions. You can read the article starting on page 20.
- Autism Bay Area Magazine, July/August 2013. You can read the article starting on page 18.
Please check out a special project CLP participated in for Autism