Day 18: Clothing Cultural Differences

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I was born and raised in Illinois, spent my middle school and high school years in Virginia. I then completed my bachelors and masters in Western Pennsylvania. Shortly after I lived back in Illinois, then 5 years in California and now a year in Colorado. And something that is always a learning curve is each areas definition of different clothing expectations. “Business Casual” in Virginia and California are extremely different – in California is can still means jeans, while jeans would be very inappropriate in Virginia. There are also climate differences – what is expected this time of year in terms of daytime temps, evening weather and overall “feel”?

This is why teaching “social skills” to our clients so often leave them “missing it”. Cultural shifts happen whether they are moving from elementary school to middle school, or from Virginia to California. Since I only work with clients who have difficulties with social cognition, it is only fitting that I give a little lesson on the culture of Florida so we can all “fit in”! I went out and picked the brains of some Florida SLPs to give you the “inside scoop” while packing your bags!

Culture

Florida is a “casual culture” – a light dress and flats, open toed sandals or capris and a sleeveless blouse are all considered appropriate in a work/conference setting. They truly embrace their beautiful weather! You’ll find people who swing to the other end of the spectrum as well, way overdressed. Really, it depends on where they came from when moving to the sunny state!

So if you are planning any interviewing, networking, etc. you want to be sure to “overdress” a bit to meet the highest expectation! No one can fault you for being overdressed! Underdressed? Well….

Weather

Are you ready for some Florida warmth and sunshine?! I am! My sources tell me we can expect 70s-low 80’s during the day and 60s-70s in the evening. Be sure to step out of the convention center between talks and enjoy the Vitamin D!

Because of the warm weather, be sure to pack lighter outfits! Most of my summer clothes are packed away as the weather cools here in Colorado, but I’ll be pulling some out for the evenings and free days around Convention. Layers are always a great idea, as the weather can change quickly and on the really warm days, everyone will have their A/C blasting!

What warm weather item are you packing?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

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Tara Roehl owns and operates a private telepractice clinic in Colorado focusing on social cognition, executive functioning and the use of technology in therapy. Previously she has worked in Illinois, California, Rwanda and the Philippines in both public schools and private practices.

Be sure to hear Tara during her four presentations at ASHA ‘14!

  • Session 1115: Camp Confidence: From Zero to Hero
    [Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]
    This presentation will address current bully/shame cultures and introduce participants to therapy techniques for building self-confidence in students dealing with speech and language delays while addressing their therapeutic goals using active and engaging activities including games, iPad apps, and life skill tasks.
  • Session 1212: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Preschoolers
    [Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]
    This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills and behavior modification. Applicable for preschoolers and adaptable for older clients.
  • Session 1441: Get Out of That Box! Four Creative Mold-Breaking Models of Private Practice
    [Friday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm]
    This presentation will introduce participants to four unique models of private practice. Four clinicians will share their history, mission, and their unique service models. This session will encourage participants to develop professional resilience and shift service-delivery patterns as we face healthcare reform and other trends that affect reimbursement.
  • Session 1768: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Elementary Through Middle School
    [Saturday 2:30 – 3:30]
    This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills, and behavior modification. Applicable for elementary to middle school clients
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