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Day 21: Totes Ma Gotes

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!

Totes Ma Gotes! What Totes will you be bringing with to the convention hall? Here are some tips for picking the right one! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

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?

Style

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!

Size

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

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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

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

Day 17: Get-Up Goals

What are your "get-up goals" for convention? Be sure you know what you want to do before you decide what to wear! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

In order to pack, you need to know what you plan on doing at ASHA. That’s why I put this week’s theme AFTER the scheduling theme. Tomorrow we’ll discuss “Floridian Style” (straight from Florida SLPs!) but today we’ll talk in generalities so you can begin to start your laundry!

Speaking/Presenting

Congratulations! You are speaking our national convention! It is quite the honor! Make sure to step onto that stage looking the part! Most frequently you see the following clothing “themes” among speakers at the convention:

  • What to pack:  A suit, a professional dress (not too short!), a skirt and jacket combo
  • What to unpack: Khakis, Cords, jeans (dressy or casual), anything too short

What are your "get-up goals" for convention? Be sure you know what you want to do before you decide what to wear! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

Interviewing

Are you looking for a job? You will have multiple opportunities to meet potential employers. These employers come from all over the nation (and even the world!), so I wouldn’t worry about “over dressing” here. Dress to impress. It’s a hard balance when dressing to fit an expectation, but also standing out and showing your personality. I always have my clothes fit the expectation and allow my “accessories” to show a bit of my personality!

  • What to pack:  A suit, a professional dress (not too
    short!), dress pants and a nice top/cardigan
  • What to unpack: Jeans (dressy or
    casual), summer dresses, flip flops

What are your "get-up goals" for convention? Be sure you know what you want to do before you decide what to wear! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

Networking

Are you hoping to make some business and/or professional connections this year? This may be meeting potential professors, mentors, companies to team up with in your workplace… networking can mean a lot of different things. You can go a bit more casual here

  • What to pack:  Dress jeans, dark slacks, skirt/top combo
  • What to unpack: shorts, casual jeans, flip flops

What are your "get-up goals" for convention? Be sure you know what you want to do before you decide what to wear! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

Conferencing

You are just coming to hang out with friends and get your learn on? Fantastic! Enjoy this weekend of fantastic speakers and warm Florida sunshine. But be sure to still dress as if you are a professional convention and not “beach week”. And please, leave the flip flops in your hotel room… there is nothing more annoying than someone coming in late/leaving early from a session and all you can hear is their flip flops!

  • What to pack:  Dress jeans, cute patterned/solid tops, dressy capris, dresses (not too short!)
  • What to unpack: hooded sweatshirts, flip flops, shorts

What are your "get-up goals" for convention? Be sure you know what you want to do before you decide what to wear! | Read this post and mor`e by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

Evenings/Closing Party

Guess what – you can wear whatever you want! Woo hoo! If you don’t have time to go back to the hotel between sessions and evening activities, consider some layers or throwing a top/shoes into your bag to switch to in the evenings. Want to show your SLP love?  At the convention you’ll be able to shop the ASHA Store and the ADVANCE Shop. I always pick up something from both places – be sure to go early before sizes sell out, then again on the last day for any sales! But have you seen the shirt by Peachie Speechie? She has quite a few cute ones and two sales codes going right now! SPOOKY15 gives you 15% off and works through tomorrow. 20EARLY gives you 20% off a purchase of $30 or more and works until the 11th! You can’t stack them, sadly, but you can use whichever fits your shopping spree! She says you can get them within 8 days, so get that order in NOW and come find me at the closing party for some Peechie Speechie T-Shirt selfies/usies/groupies! (click the image below to find where to shop for each top!)

Represention you passion with these great tops! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

What are you planning to wear at the convention?

– 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

Day 16: Don’t Do It…

Don't Do It! What NOT to wear at the convention! (A tongue in cheek post about fashion no-nos) | Find this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

While being over dressed for an event is uncomfortable, there is nothing more horrifying than showing up under dressed! Depending on your work setting, “stage in life”, etc. your idea of “appropriate” for a convention may be VERY different than the majority.

So, take some of this as “tongue in cheek”, but also the beginning steps to painting a picture of convention wear for you!

The Three B’s: Boobs, Butt, Belly

While we will all be enjoying the warmth of the Florida sun, let’s not enjoy it TOO much. Keep yourself tucked safely away. Leave the swimsuits, daisy dukes and short short short skirts in your suitcase! This is a professional conference after all and, regardless of your goals, you still want to show that professional side!

High Heels

I know we discussed this in shoes, but I can’t emphasize enough the need to leave them behind. You will be walking MILES every day. Be nice to your feet… though there are rumors of a scavenger hunt. So, be sure to walk past me if you insist on those heels so I can get some points!
Disclaimer: I will be wearing heels to present, but I will have flats stashed in my bag!

Suits and Skirts

Unless you are speaking, interviewing, etc there is no need for a suit. And don’t get me wrong, I’m  huge fan of skirts. But beware… you may end up sitting on the floor in a packed room. And it’s a lot harder to stay appropriate when you’re working on the floor!

Ragged and Ripped

We all know you CAN clean up good, but please don’t make us use our imagination! While this may be  “weekend” off”, use it as an excuse to pull out the cute clothes from the closet, not the worn in ones. Being comfortable is important, but it has it’s limits. Including…

PJs and Yoga Pants

Please… don’t. The speakers and presenters have put hours into preparing for their talks. The organizers have spent a YEAR working to pull together this convention. You can put forth the effort to don real pants in the morning.

Tomorrow: How your outfit should align with your goals…

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 15: ASHA Attire!

ASHA Attire - what to wear (and not wear) to the convention! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

One of the common questions I get is “what should I wear?!”

So this year I will be dedicating an entire week to this topic! Check it out…

Tuesday: Don’t Do It…

Some things are just NOT acceptable at an ASHA Convention. We’ll discuss what outfits are not well received, giving you clear guidelines for what to leave at home or to save for your evening adventures.

Wednesday: Get-Up Goals

Are you interviewing? Networking? Hoping to meet some SLP celebrities? Just “conferencing”? We’ll talk about what to wear for each of these settings, and how dress for a versatile day!

Thursday: “Cultural Differences”

Having lived all over the States, I can tell you that terms such as “casual”, “business casual”, etc are not universal! We’ll discuss what is appropriate for Floridians, and how to find a nice “middle ground” in your wardrobe.

Friday: Accessorize Accurately!

There are some accessorizing rules I have learned the hard way at ASHAs past, like how to stay comfortable yet cute during the long and tiring days of a convention! Don’t miss this post!

Saturday: Beautiful Bling…

Depending on how you “conference”, there are some big “do’s” and “don’ts” with that bling in a conference center. We’ll also include some of our favorite resources for pairing those jewels with your outfits…

Sunday: Totes Ma Gotes!

What bag will you be carrying to the convention each day? Today we’ll talk about considerations for hauling your goodies to and from the convention each day, as well as some of our favorite bags for the long days and late nights of convention weekend!

What are you wearing to ASHA?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 12: Friday at ASHA ‘14!

Coem see what sessions I'll be seeing on day 2 of #ASHA14 | Fidn this post and more by @speechykeenslp over at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

It’s the second day of ASHA Convention – you may be starting to feel like your brain is fulling up and your feet are wearing out, but get going early and make the most of this second day at the convention!

My Sessions
I’m only speaking one time today, what a relief!

  • Session 1441: Get Out of That Box! Four Creative Mold-Breaking Models of Private Practice
    [Friday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm]
    This panel discussion will let you take a peek in my private practice, and the business models of three other ladies! We’ll be sharing how we took our own paths into private practice and how our individual businesses run. Come get a taste of what we’re doing differently, and ask us questions!

More Sessions

Another day of fantastic sessions is ahead of us! Here are a few the ones that stuck out to me for Friday!

  • Session 1334: Improving Written Expression Through Strategy Instruction: Managing Executive Function Demands of the Writing Process
    [Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 am]
    ”Executive Function” is one of my keywords I always search the planner for – it’s a topic just emerging in our field over the past few years! My clients all struggle with executive functioning (which is why they come see me!) and writing it a huge factor! Crossing my fingers that this talk is packed with strategies. I always search for terms that specifically speak to the needs of my clients.
  • Session 1352: How to Use Five Powerful (& Subtle) Nonverbal Behaviors to Influence & Persuade
    [Friday 10:30 – 11:30 am]
    As a private practice owner, public speaker and SLP, interacting with the public is my daily job. So this session piqued my interest! I can’t answer the “learner outcomes” currently, and the content is presented in a creative way that makes me want to know more! The fact that this topic is applicable, but “out of the box”, tells me it’s something I probably haven’t heard before!
  • Session 1394: Self-Regulation & Executive Functions: What Are They & What Is the Role of SLPs?
    [Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm]
    Again, the more executive function talks I go to, the better! I love that this speaks to the role of SLPs, as many people in the general public (and even SLPs themselves) don’t understand. But what I love even better is that they promise you’ll leave with three strategies and have video examples. If they have video examples, that means they’ve actually practiced what they preached!



Double Check Yourself! 

Next  search the planner by speaker, to make sure you don’t miss favorites!
Example: Sean Sweeney, Sarah Ward, Maryellen Moreau

This helps me make sure I have caught every session by a speaker.
If you hear a great speaker one day, go search the planner to see if
they have any more talks happening this weekend!
 


What sessions look great on Friday?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 11: Thursday at ASHA ‘14!

Coem see what sessions I've picked for Thursday, and what were factors in my selection! Even a bonus tip for making your way through the on-line planner| Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp over at htttp://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

It’s the first day of ASHA Convention! Jump out of bed and hit the ground running! Grab some caffeine on your way into the convention and get ready for an Amazing day! Come take a peek at what I am looking forward to on day one of ASHA ’14.

Opening session
Arrive early, as the opening session is always packed and often fills up well before starting time! Thins years opening session will focus Harry Bellefonte and his work on advocacy and social justice. Read more here.

My Sessions
I’m speaking two times on day one! Whew – That’s one way to get the weekend started! Here’s a sneak peek at my two talks and what I’ll be sharing…

  • Session 1115: Camp Confidence: From Zero to Hero
    [Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]
    This talk comes straight from the heart. It started as a Pinterest perfect plan that quickly turned me on my head and sent me searching the hearts of my students. I’ll be sharing the research out about bullying and shame, explaining why it is our jobs to talk about these topics, and how you can create a therapy space that builds self awareness elf confidence and sends them out your doors courageous! I will send you on your way with ideas to implement Monday morning!
  • Session 1212: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Preschoolers
    [Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]
    I started the series ‘iPad to iPlay’ last year at ASHA, and received a great response! So, in order to cover more apps, I expanded it into two sessions. This session will be apps for preschoolers and early elementary students. I’ll show you how to take the most popular apps out there and work them into every aspect of your therapy sessions. You will be able to go into work on Monday and use these activities immediately – I’m all about making my talks applicable for you back in the real world!

More Sessions

Searching through the planner is daunting, yet you can find some real hidden gems in there! Here are some that caught my attention, and some tried and true speakers that I look forward to listening to as well! Here are some sessions on my planner, and a few tips for what to look for when selecting sessions!

  • Session 1006: Everything the School-Based SLP Needs to Know About Assessing Social Communicative Functioning
    [Thursday 10:30 – 12:30 pm]
    My clients are all individuals who struggle with social communication and executive functioning. For anyone who works with that population, they now it is very difficult to assess them with standardized tests. The description of this session looks like it could give me some key information on the assessment aspect, as well as help in talking to parents about common core! I’m always looking at descriptions to see if they indicate that the material will be something I’ll be able to implement right away.
  • Session 1007: Implementation Science & Social Thinking®: Discovering Evidence in Our Own Backyard
    [Thursday 10:30 – 12:30 pm]
    I’ve heard the Social Thinking ® team talk many times, so I’m always looking for their new presentations. Looking at the learner outcomes, it seems like this session may have information that I can pass along to my families! The intermediate level means it won’t be giving me the basics and instead be speaking closer to the level that I’m currently at in this topic!
  • Session 1052: He’s Just Lazy! Helping Students With High Functioning Autism Meet Common Core State Standards
    [Thursday 1:30pm – 2:30pm]
    The creative name caught my attention first – a creative name often indicates a creative speaker! Being a phrase I’ve heard all too often about my executive functioning clients (“He’s lazy!”), it also makes me think the speaker really has been in the trenches with my types of clients. The learner outcomes make me stop and think “Yes! I want to know more on this and/or be able to explain this better to clients!”
  • Session 1146: Building Resilience Through Social Thinking®
    [Thursday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm]
    More Social Thinking ® content – and by a great speaker. Not only is Ryan a great speaker, she is a wonderful person. I’ve had the joy of getting to know her personally and she is just the sweetest. I know she has a heart for this topic, so I know it will be a talk filled with passion. The learner outcomes on this topic are ones that align with my philosophy and passion for my own clients.

Overwhelmed by the planner?

My first step is to go day by day, one session type at a time!
Example: Thursday, 1 hour sessions.

This helps me browse through everything at least once,
and pull out the first round that sticks out to me!


What sessions are you planning to go see on Thursday?

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

Day 10: Learn the Lingo

Day 10: Learn the Lingo! Know what you're looking at and what to expect when reading through the program planner! Some handy tips for setting your schedule. Find this post and more by @speechykeenslp over at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

Reading through the planner can be overwhelming! What do all of these different types of sessions really mean? How can you pick good ones and avoid some Lemons? Here are some explanations and my top tips for setting up a stellar schedule!

1 and 2 Hour Sessions
  • ASHA’s Definition:
    Seminar sessions are intended to provide in-depth, continuing education for speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and speech-language-hearing scientists. Emphasis is on clinical applications and research advances, backed by appropriate levels of evidence. Content is specifically tailored to fit either a one or two hour time period.

    My Experience:

  • 1 hour sessions are the most common. The content in these sessions can differ greatly! This can be a review of research, shirt consist and with great takeaways. Or perhaps it’s a new way to do therapy! It could be a single technique, a session packed with information or a total snooze fest.
  • There are fewer 2 hour sessions than 1, they are harder to get accepted! 2 hour sessions have to really defend the amount of time they need to share content. This doesn’t guarantee that they are better, but it’s good to give them a look over!
  • If you get part way into a 2 hour session and it isn’t what you expected, you can always switch over to a 1 hour session for the 2nd hour and not lose that CEU window entirely!
    Be sure to note your thoughts on these sessions – you will be asked to rate them when you submit your CEUs after convention and these ratings hold some serious sway!
Short courses
  • ASHA’s Definition:
    Short Courses are ticketed courses with an additional fee for attendance. Short Courses provide instruction with emphasis on clinical applications and/or science backed by appropriate levels of evidence. Material being presented must be at the intermediate level or above. Course materials (handouts) will be distributed as a CD that is only available to ticket holders.

    My Experience:

  • These sessions are 3 hours long. The majority of the time they are invited speakers, so they’ve been vetted for you!
  • These are very focused sessions – typically on one specific topic. If the topic sounds interesting, and you’ve heard the speakers are good, I would encourage you to consider a short course!
  • Take note of the ASHA description – this material is for intermediate and above! If you are exploring an area that you have little experience in, a short course may not be the best option.
  • Make sure to set your schedule before considering a short course! I have had to miss a highly desired 1 hour session for a short course because I hadn’t set my schedule first!
Technical Sessions
  • ASHA’s Definition:
    Technical Research
    A Technical Research session is a 20-minute presentation of research or research in progress. The purpose is to communicate scientific information in an efficient form. A 10-minute question and answer period follows the scientific presentation.

    Technical Clinical
    Technical Clinical Sessions, modeled after Technical Research Sessions, will consist of a 20-minute oral presentation that focuses on the technical aspects of a specific diagnostic or therapeutic strategy by the clinician. Developed as “how to” programs, they emphasize the applied, clinical aspects of the professions. The clinical presentation will be followed by a brief 10-minute question and answer period to allowing the presenter to clarify information for the audience.

    My Experience:

  • These sessions are very “to the point”. There is little fluff. It can either be extremely helpful or extremely dry.
  • Sometimes they put on by companies wanting to share their product/services and different applications of their research/product.
  • Sometimes they are also great “how-to” sessions for different skill sets not directly related to therapeutic intervention.
  • The research ones often offer little “application”, but are good indicators of what research is being done in an area without you needed to read a paper or listen to an hour long talk. They get you the information quickly!
  • Be sure to check the “level” of these sessions – sometimes it may seem like “greek” if it’s above your current understanding of a topic!
Poster Sessions

My Experience:

  • There will be a hall dedicated to posters. Each poster will only be on display for a specific time frame.
  • Within that time frame, there is an even smaller window in which the poster presenter will be there to answer questions and explain their poster. This small window is the ONLY time in which you can claim ASHA CEUs. So be sure you check closely when adding a poster to your schedule!
  • Each poster count as “15 minutes” towards your convention CEUs. So dedicate and hour and see four!
  • Be sure to take note of what posters you see – you will need to know their numbers to submit your CEUs after convention!
  • If you have some down time and want to browse the posters, you can wander through the rows and read them without concern for CEUs! Many are quite thorough and have the contact information for the presenter so you can e-mail them after convention.
Twilight Series
  • Although these count as “1 hour sessions”, their timing involves interesting considerations for attendees. Scheduled later in the evening (6:30 pm), many overlook these sessions in a rush to get to dinner. But these session offer a much more intimate experience that shouldn’t be missed. The groups are usually smaller, the atmosphere more relaxed and everyone is clearly interested in the topic to stay late. This often leads the lively discussions, audience participation and an overall great experience. I would strongly encourage you to put at least new twilight session on your schedule, and not just because one of my talks were scheduled at this time!
What’s coming up next?

Over the next three days I will be giving you a peek into which sessions I’ll be attending and why they stood out to me! Now keep in mind, I work with school aged children in my private practice. So my session choice will reflect that setting! But I’m hoping my explanation for choosing these talks should be helpful to you, regardless of your setting! See you tomorrow for my Thursday ASHA picks!

What session are you looking forward to the most?

– 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

Day 9: Logistics

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide

Figure out your ASHA Convention Logistics! | Read more over at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

The logistics of convention can be enough to make your head spin. You’ll have it all figured out… By Saturday afternoon when the convention is about to end. And if you are at all “directionally challenged” then you may find yourself in a world of hurt. Here are some tips to make navigating convention a bit smoother for you.

Getting there

Make sure you know how to get to the convention in the first place.f you are staying nearby or a ways away, be sure you know how to go to the convention center Thursday morning. If you are attached to the convention center (or within walking distance), find the best path to get to the convention. If you are staying further away, figure out transportation for the next morning. If you are planning to take the ASHA bus, check with the front desk to see where pick up will be. If you are attempting public transit or a cab, be sure to have all the details ironed out the night before.

A great way to do this is to do a trial run Wednesday afternoon/evening. If you get into town early enough, head over to the convention center after getting checked in. You can beat the Thursday rush by picking up your materials inWednesday and also finding your way there without the pressure of a schedule!

Getting around

Convention centers can be tough to navigate. Different halls have different numbers, some sessions may be in the attached hotel, different escalators take you to different floors… I yi yi! When you pick up your convention booklet on Wednesday (or Thursday), snap a picture of the map pages in the front cover! I also rip them out and stuff them in my bag as a back up. [also find it here]

If you are able to make it to the convention center on Wednesday to pick up materials, why not walk around a bit? Some key areas to locate are the hall for the opening session, the exhibit hall, and your first session of the day. You have a short window to get from opening session to the first session, so knowing the way in the “mass exodus” is a great idea!  I like to walk my whole first day. It usually gives me a good feel for the convention center so I feel less overwhelmedon Thursday!

Timing is everything

When setting up your schedule, time AND space are important.

ASHA sets up the day so that you can schedule sessions one right after the other. You get about 15-30 minutes to walk between sessions. If sessions are close, this gives you time to ask a speaker questions after a session. If they aren’t close, you may need to bolt to get to your next session. I wouldn’t chose a less preferable session based on location, but I would be aware of where you need to be next.

Also, if a session looks to be VERY popular, be sure to get there as soon as possible. They WILL lock the doors if it fills up. You may find yourself racing back to where you began to go for your second or third choice…

May the logistics be ever in your favor..

– 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.

Day 8: Setting Your Schedule

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide

Setting Up Your Schedule at #ASHA14! | Come see how I set up my schedule for the convention on my blog: http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog #slpeeps #slpbloggers

You’ve received your ASHA planner, you’ve begun finding sessions that peak your interest. There are so many to look through, how will you ever decide? And how do you even begin to start building your schedule?! Here is peek into what work apps for me…

Picking a format

I like to set my schedule up outside of the ASHA planner. I like having more control, the details I want at a glance, on and off line access, color coding… What can I say? I am a detailed oriented person!

To get my schedule the way I want, I create a spreadsheet in Google docs. This gives me the ability to edit on the fly from any computer while also letting me access it from my phone, save it to my device and/or print it out.

Setting up

My first column on my spreadsheet is time. I start it at 7am and end it at 8:30pm. I typically like to do this in 30 minute chunks, since that is the amount of time between sessions.

The next three columns are for my first, second and third choices for that time frame. I don’t always fill up all three columns for a time slot, while other times it helps me narrow it down to JUST three choices.

Why would I need that many choices?

  • The session you want has filled up and the doors are locked.
  • The session you want has been cancelled/withdrawn
  • The session is just too far away and you are too tired
  • The session you went to first is horrid. It is actually expected that you walk out of a less than stellar talk. Just be sure to make that choice quick  as you need to be at the majority of the session to earn the CEUs.
  • You heard a great speaker and want to make them your FIRST priority for future talks this weekend!

The forth column I label “posters” and put any poster sessions that look interesting. I place up to 4 in the time slot that they are “open” for CEUs. More on this in a few days.

The final column I label “exhibit hall” and put the hours for the exhibit hall.  Nothing is more disappointing than to finally have time for the hall and realize they closing in 10 minutes!

Check It Out!

Click here to see a blank version of my schedule – feel free to download or “save as” to your own Google Drive and use! At the end of this week I’ll let you see who has made it onto my planner!

How are you planning out your weekend?

– 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.