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!
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
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
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
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
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!)
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