21 days marks the end of week three! Convention is right around the corner! We are SO close! Can you feel the anticipation and excitement? I’m bursting at the seams over here! Ok, enough gushing and on with today’s post!
You’ll need a convention bag for ASHA. It’s just a must for all of your swag, tech, and daily accessories. So what are some things you should consider when picking an ASHA bag?
When it comes to bags, there are so many styles to choose! I always suggest something that can be worn as a backpack or rolled behind you. Between the weight of your daily convention items and what you’ll pick up along the way, your bag will feel like 100 lbs by the end of the day. Be nice to your back and make sure you can distribute your weight evenly. Messenger bags, large purses and briefcases typically put all the weight on one shoulder. By the end of the convention there is always quite the line for the masseuses in the exhibit hall from silly bag and shoe choices!
While size can be “relative”, I recommend a “medium” sized bag. Something that holds your tech, and “accessories” comfortably while giving your wiggle room to stuff in some papers and swag that you gather along the way. Too small and you end up picking up a bunch of free bags from vendors to accommodate your load. This leaves you looking like a bag lady on your way to dinner! Too big and you are likely to over stuff it with unnecessary thing. Plus, it doesn’t fit by your feet in the tight rows in sessions. You may also want to pick a bag with a lot of pockets – when everything has a place (cords, business cards, pens…) you won’t spend as much time digging for what you need!
Stick to One
Don’t bring a different bag for different days. Switching between bags means you are bound to lose something – your business cards in that hidden pocket, the extended battery, chapstick or pens. Instead, give yourself a few minutes each evening to “reset” your bag – re-stock business cards, clean out swag, recharge all of your electronics and select a few pens to use. Be loyal to the bag of choice!
What bag will you be using at ASHA?
– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP
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