Cristina Galdona received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. She has been a speech language pathologist with Hillsborough County Schools since 1996 and has extensive experience with Spanish-English bilinguals and children on the autism spectrum. Cristina has presented and provided training within her district on a variety of topics, including video modeling, therapy centers, sign language as a bridge to communication within preschool classrooms, and collaborative goal writing. She has also presented at the Autism Summer Institute on the topics of pragmatic language and video modeling. Cristina’s personal experience as a bicultural/bilingual and her work with bilingual students helped her discover and appreciate how social rules can vary among cultures and how misunderstandings can occur due to these differences. Her work with students on the autism spectrum awakened a desire to understand how to help these students who want to have social relationships but are not sure how to do so successfully. For the past three years, Cristina has been honored to be a part of the CABS (Communication Academic Behavior and Social Skills) pilot program, providing pragmatic language intervention to students on the autism spectrum who are part of the program. It has been in this position that she has been able to focus her interest in pragmatic language and how to help students develop social relationships.
#FB1-3 Essential Skills for Social Development: Exploring Social Thinking and Theory of Mind Part I Human beings by nature are social creatures who thrive working in groups, learning from each other, and seeking out companionship and approval. Why is it then that it is so difficult for some to form relationships? This presentation will explore […]