The Importance of Social Connections as the Fuel for Brain Development and Learning
Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP
Research in the neuroscience of social emotional engagement fosters our understanding of the critical importance of social connections and relationships. These interactions are critical for the neurodevelopment that enables children to develop early attachment, creative language, and social conventions. Social emotional engagement in the classroom setting is also the fuel that drives a child to develop a passion for learning. Implications for classroom instruction will be shared along with video examples.
Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center, an academic affiliate with Emory University and an NIH Autism Center of Excellence. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and related social learning disabilities. As a former adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she has served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD. She is a co-author of SCERTS, a criterion referenced assessment tool and framework for social and emotional development. She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs developing programs for social and emotional learning and engagement in the classroom setting