Helping Students with Social Skills

PRESENTER: Casey Holtz - WLC

Research suggests social skills are foundational for academic and personal success throughout school. Further, many researchers are finding that social skills equate more to career success than most any other skill area in human development. Teachers may also find that social skill development is something that is a critical factor in how well their classrooms function. This breakout session will review healthy skill development and how to identify delayed development. We will work together to discuss how to integrate social skills training into the classroom and how to collaborate with parents and other care providers to support children in healthy development. 

Casey A. Holtz, Ph.D. is an associate professor of psychology at Wisconsin Lutheran College and he has a private clinical psychology practice. He obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Marquette University. Dr. Holtz teaches a variety of classes related to child abnormal psychology, child development, and learning and memory. He also conducts psychological testing for school related purposes and provides therapy for children and adolescents. Dr. Holtz publishes frequently with the majority of his research in the area of early childhood assessment.