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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 19: Accessorize Accurately!

Trust me – you don’t want to carry anymore than necessary into the convention hall at #ASHA14. You will leave every day with more than you came with, so starting the day light is key. I’ll be talking about bags on Sunday and what to pack in your convention bag next week, but here are a few “fashion” accessories you’ll want on your person each day!

Accessorize Accurately at the convention center! Make sure you don't forget these 6 things! | Read this post and more by @speechykeenslp at http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog

Light-Medium Weight Cardigan

Although the sun should be shining outdoors, the a/c will be blasting indoors! Depending on which room you’re in for a particular session, you could be baking or freezing at any given moment! As I mentioned yesterday, layers are a must in Florida – so don’t forget a sweater to throw on if a room gets particularly chilly! Try to pick something that is small (and sturdy) enough to be stuffed into your bag when the temperatures are more comfortable – you don’t want to leave it behind!

Scarf

The fashion statement of most SLPs, there will even be scarf seller on the exhibit hall floor! It’s a great fashion piece as well as a useful tool. If a room is just slightly cool you can leave the sweater in your bag and throw this over your shoulders! Need to sit on the floor during a session? Sit on your scarf or drape over your legs if you (didn’t listen) wore a skirt! Need to cough or sneeze? Emergency mouth coverage! Stinky person next to you? Built in air filter! Raining or chilly as you leave the convention hall? A great head/ear cover as you dash to dinner! Not sure how to tie one on? Click here for some ideas!

Water Bottle

The lines at the food locations in between sessions usually mean you will miss your next session. And the vending machines are typically a rip off! Bring your favorite water bottle along and you can fill it up quickly in between sessions at a drinking fountain. You can toss it in your bag, but I prefer to hook mine onto my bag with a carabiner. It prevents accidental spills on my electronics and doesn’t take up valuable space. Plus, I don’t have to dig in my bag during a session to grab a quick sip!

Cases

My previous cell phone met an ugly fate at a convention over the summer… the convention center’s parking garage floor. It was ugly, and made social media difficult during the convention! Protect your electronics – cell phone, tablets, etc! People will be jostling you into sessions, to grab a seat, etc. Plus, cases with a “stand” make it that much easier to tweet, note take and blog during a session!

Hair Thingies

No matter how much time you spend on your hair in the morning, you’ll want it out of your face/way by the end of the night. I’m a huge fan of hair elastics – that look nicer on your wrist and don’t damage your hair. Is your hair too short for a pony tail? Toss a headband into your bag! (‘I’m sure you will be able to find a cute one like pictured without a problem. *wink* Rumor has it Erik Raj will be sporting something similar all week!

Lanyard

You will be given a lanyard when you pick up your materials for the convention. It’s a sponsored lanyard, so it will have advertizements all over it and it is typically bright yellow. Like, Super Duper’s famous free bag yellow. If that’s not your style, pick up a cute one before you come to convention! And make sure you drop it right back into your convention bag when you leave the halls each night – you do NOT want to stand in that line to get it re-issued if you were to forget it one day!

What can’t you “convention” without?

See you tomorrow to talk about what bling to bring!

– Tara, the Speechy Keen SLP

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

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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 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