Children’s Language Development and Social Skills While Social Distancing


Ring Central (Online)


May 27, 2020 - May 27, 2020

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM





The pandemic has resulted in children being home from school and has limited social interactions, which could theoretically hamper speech and social skill development. Moreover, social distancing has limited children's abilities to receive traditional in-person services from school counselors and speech and language pathologists. Craig Springer, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, will discuss strategies that parents can use to enhance social and emotional development. Karla Estrada-Rojas MA, CCC-SLP will provide easy to implement techniques for stimulating language development at home. They will also discuss when to consider professional assistance and the availability of such services.

Craig Springer, PhD

I am a clinical psychologist and licensed as a practicing psychologist in New York (016741) and New Jersey (35SI00449700) and I am credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. I am Level 2 certified in TEAM Therapy and received specialized training in mindfulness and trauma-informed treatments. I earned my MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed my undergraduate degree summa cum laude at New York University.

I am currently the co-owner of the Good Life Center for Mental Health. Previously, I was the Director of the Center for Psychological Services, overseeing 10 doctoral training clinics, at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. I was also Co-Director of the New Jersey Coordination Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Forensic Evaluation and Treatment. Prior to that, I served as a Supervising Psychologist at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, where I developed a model for treating trauma.

I have experience developing, conducting, supervising, and researching evidence-based psychotherapeutic programs for children, adolescents, and adults. Over the course of my career, I have given over 50 professional presentations and workshops, published numerous theoretical and empirical manuscripts and I co-authored a book entitled “Game-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Child Sexual Abuse: An Innovative Approach.” I served on the Practice Guidelines Committee of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and was an editorial board member for the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and reviewer for Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

I have expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety, mood problems, behavioral difficulties, and interpersonal problems. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to assist them overcome the challenges and difficulties that they are facing.

Karla Estrada-Rojas MA, CCC-SLP

I am a New Jersey state licensed and American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certified bilingual speech language-pathologist. I have more than 10 years of experience in evaluating and treating individuals with language, speech and feeding/swallowing disorders. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in speech language therapy at the University Santa Paula of Costa Rica, my native country. I worked for five years in private practice as well as school-setting, working with adults and children ages 0-21 with multiple disabilities in Costa Rica. I went on to pursue my master’s degree in speech-language pathology in the United States at Kean University in 2015, and have been working in New Jersey ever since.

I have experience working with infants, children, adolescents and adults in the outpatient, inpatient and home-based settings. In these settings, I have worked with individuals presenting with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, prematurity, apraxia, traumatic brain injury, oral/pharyngeal dysphagia, behavioral feeding disorders and various genetic syndromes, among other neurological and developmental disorders impacting language, articulation, fluency and swallowing/feeding skills.

I am passionate about my rewarding career and I emphasize the provision of personalized and high quality care to my patients and their families. As a mother, I believe that using a family-centered approach, that involves constant parent training, is the ideal environment to guarantee the most successful and positive results in an individual’s language/feeding skills.


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