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Day 4: Additional Accessories

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide

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I’m all about making my life easier at convention. I want to get the most out of each day, so any sort of hassle takes away from the experience. I take all my notes digitally, as well as live tweet every session I attend. Up until last year, I had a phone with a keyboard and could out tweet anyone. Well, the era of the keyboard phones has passed, so I upgraded to an S4. I was in total panic about trying to tweet from a touchscreen. I started looking at ways to minimize this problem, and fell in love with this beauty…

keyboard

Why I love it:

  • This Anker keyboard connects via bluetooth, so I can type to my phone or my tablet device.
  • The battery life is amazing, I bet it could last me the whole weekend of convention if I forgot to charge it!
  • They keys have a little resistance, so you get the tactile feedback when pressing a key.
  • The keys are higher than the edge of the keyboard (not so with many iPad keyboards) – so my hands can hangover when moving back and forth across the keys.
  • It’s super thin – so it takes up almost NO space in my convention bag!
  • It charges via micro USB – same as my Android phone, battery pack… no extra cords!
  • It costs $30… wow!

 

I also like to add this beauty to my Amazon order…

stand

If I’m lucky enough to have a surface to prop up my device, it is rarely big enough for my iPad’s case stand. This tiny gem let’s me set it to any angle, prop up my tablet or device and then type away without it falling. I’ve even propped it on a seat next to me or on the floor, with my keyboard on my lap! It’s great for on the flight to convention, during sessions, at lunch or breaks when I can find a seat… I use this ALL the time. It is even great on the kitchen counter when I need to read a recipe or watch a show on Netflix while doing the dishes!

Neither of these are as critical as your battery pack and power strip purchase. But they will make your life so much easier during convention – and afterwards as well!

– 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 3: Don’t Die! (or: How to make friends and stay charged!)

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide

Don't Die! | Part of the ASHA '14 Convention: A How-To Guide! Something else you may want to order for the convention - it's sure to make you friends and keep your devices powered up!

 

Yesterday you read about the battery chargers us techie ASHA alumni have come to love. But today I have an additional suggestion for keeping powered up (and making a few friends!) when you do have access to an outlet!

Sometimes you hit the jackpot – a seat, in a great session, right next to an outlet! Even if you have your charger on you, don’t miss this opportunity! Plug in your battery charger and a few devices to make sure you stay charged through the night!

But wait… you are about the break a few social rules if you take over that whole outlet. Or, heaven forbid, someone has beat you to both outlets! Now what?

This is where the Monster “Outlets to Go” Power Strip comes in handy! It is compact, so it stashes into your convention bag easily. And it has FOUR outlets (two on each side). And Amazon sells it for only $11.12!

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So saunter up to the outlet hogger, flash a winning smile and sweetly ask “can we share?” while you show them your power strip. Instant genius status!

And it doesn’t just help on the convention floor! Have you ever tried to dig around in a hotel room to find enough outlets, only to end up with half of your devices charging in the bathroom? This will be a hotel life-saver as well!

But wait! Don’t order YET! I still have a few more things you’ll want to include on that order… come back tomorrow to see!

– 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 2: POWER UP!

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide

Power Up! | Part of the "ASHA 14 Convention: A How-To Guide" Series! Here is a surefire way to keep all of your devices alive and kicking throughout the long days (and nights) at the convention! #asha14 #slpeeps

**This is a repost from the past few years, with a few updates! **

Power can be hard to come by in a convention center. Not every room will have an outlet along the wall. And even if it does, there is not promise you’ll get a seat nearby. But your devices will be your lifeline at the convention! Contests sent out via twitter will win you free things. Lunch and dinner plans will also be sent out via twitter, facebook or text. Taking notes on a device will be great, as well as snapping pictures of important information! So, what do you do when it’s only noon and all of your devices are already dying? Pull out your battery pack!

Three years ago, before ASHA ‘11, I posted a quick video about why I love the iGo for days when I need my devices to last all day. I used my iGo for ASHA ’11, as well as for trips, long days of work and more. when I upgraded my phone, it stopped charging my devices. It could keep them from dying but the battery never increased and, once my iGo was dead, my device continues to go dead. So a few years ago I began researching what I needed in a battery. I found two key elements I needed to watch out for..

Two Key Elements:

mAh – A measure of a battery’s total capacity. The higher the number (ex. 600 mAh, 1,500 mAh) the more charge a battery can hold and usually, the longer a battery will last under a certain load.[source]

Amps – A measure of electric current flow. One ampere (amp) will flow when one volt is applied across a resistance of one ohm. [source]

As it turns out, my iGo only put out ~ half an amp through the USB ports. For newer phones, this is NOT enough to actually charge. Many of the newer phones require at least 2 amps to actually charge. Some research on the best sellers over at Amazon shows some definite leaders…


Details:

Sneak Peak:
New Trent
IMP120D iCarrier
12,000 mAh
2Amp/1Amp Dual Ports
$33.95
jackery Jackery®
Giant +
12,000 mAh
2.1Amp/1Amp Dual Ports
$39.95
anker Anker®
2nd Gen Astro E4
13,00 mAh
1 port: Up to 3 amps
$29.99

After much consideration a few years ago,  I purchased the New Trent and LOVE it. I actually own two, and BOTH will be coming with to ASHA with me this year. Someone is always asking to borrow a charge from me, so now I’ll have more than enough to go around.

Amazon lists it’s charging power as Apple iPad >120% battery life – Apple iphone 5:> 600% battery life  – Smartphones (andriod): >600% battery life. I strongly recommend getting one with TWO ports for charging. Either share that spare port with a friend or charge two devices at once.

The Jackery ® has my attention … but only because it comes in orange…

Wait to place that order! You may want to also purchase a few more items I’ll mention this week…

Will you be bringing an external battery to stay charged up and connected at ASHA? Which one do you like?

– Tara, 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.

Minecraft Gingerbread Houses: Week 1

Minecraft Gingerbread Houses: Week 1 | via SpeechyKeenSLP.com

This week we’ve begun our Minecraft gingerbread houses! This activity addresses a lot of therapy goals. Especially one of my favorites – executive functioning. All of my therapy is now via telepractice, so it requires extra planning/executive functioning skills to make sure we are ready on BOTH sides of webcam.

Our Kits

For this activity, I bought gingerbread house kits and had my clients gingerbreadhouse_kitbuy some as well. This cuts out on a lot of the “cooking”, which is quite difficult (but not impossible!) via telepractice. Most kits include similar products, but making sure everyone has the same kit helps with clients who struggle with “flexibility”. I buy mine at the end of each season from Michaels – because they are a chain, I can have my clients pick up the same ones at their local store!

Getting Ready, Doing, Done (GRDD)

We use Sarah Ward’s GRDD framework to prepare for our sessions. We fill out a table together via screen share – always beginning with the “DONE”. We GRDDneed a mental picture of the finished product before we begin making a “GETTING READY” list! We also create a visual of the “DONE” so we can make sure we are all “seeing” the same things in our brains! Then we make our “GETTING READY” list – which often now includes a shopping list as well!

Setting a Goal

We set a “DOING” goal for each week. But many individuals with Executive weeklycalendarFunctioning Delays struggle with “weekly goals”. This type of “general” goal doesn’t give them an actual timeline. We break our “weekly” goal” into daily goals, and put them on a calendar. When you do this, you see there are a LOT of little goals going into that weekly goal. A few we included were: grocery shopping for items, asking mom where our “waiting spot” is for the house in progress and covering the house after each step with plastic wrap!

Tech Support

When doing this via webcam, it’s helpful for me to have two webcams. I useHP-Elite-Webcam the one built into my laptop for my face, but have another one I can aim at the desk. This has helped with looking at items in our kits, planning a layout on our cardboard “base” and even discussing how to apply the icing!

Personal Note

We decided to start this week with our “landscape”. We chose a “snow” scene, seeing as it is winter currently. We searched Google Images and found this minecraft__wonderful_snow_by_arriii-d4m72d4image as our “inspiration”. We’re going to try to make our landscapes using chocolate bars and icing. I love that my client picked chocolate bars. They are square, similar to the pixilated look of the game!

Tune in next week for our progress and more examples of how we worked on our therapy goals!

– Tara Roehl, the Speechy Keen SLP

Gingerbread Image Source


#ASHA11 Recap – Apps

The iPad and Apps were an even bigger part of the ASHA convention this year compared to last. The exhibit hall had multiple apps booths, with people willing to demo the apps and let you play yourself.  Some companies present were established and well known in the SLP community, like SmartEars, while others were newer and just breaking into the therapy world. I currently do not own many of these apps, but wanted to get this information out there for you to access. I plan on purchasing some of these in the future, I’m going to have to set an app budget each month or I could be in big trouble!

 

 

 

One of the first app booths I found was MouthWorks. Tucked into one of the first rows in the exhibit hall, I was very excited about playing with this app.  An exciting mix of real mouth videos and adorable graphics, this app offers practice at the single phoneme level up to CVCV combination for younger clients. Although you cannot transfer the data out of the app currently, a recent conversation with the company indicates it might become an option down the road.  It will soon be hitting the iTunes store, estimated arrive is the end of November or beginning of December – I plan on giving it a try!

 

Little Bee Speech showed off their app on the floor as well. A phoneme based menu, you have the options of the word, sentence or reading level. The app offers a lot of customization throughout, with the ability to make changes to selections during activities. And it has one of my favorite features – the ability to save data and e-mail it to yourself! I just downloaded this app today, so a longer review coming soon!In the meantime, a video walkthrough of the app can be found here.

 

Pocket SLP was another app company on the floor. They explain how they are SLPs by day, on the floor with their students, and programmers by night, creating apps that are motivating for their students. This company has multiple apps, including ones for articulation, minimal pairs and one with the anatomy of the mouth for speech modelings with older clients. They are advertising a lot of apps coming soon, covering language, reading and even opposits! And always a favorite feature of mine, you can keep data within the app and e-mail it to yourself at the end. And the fact that they are available on the android market AND in the Apple app store? I love an equal opportunity app!

 

Tactus therapy had a different approach to their apps. Their focus is for individuals with aphasia and brain injury. A husband (programmer) and wife (SLP) team, they have three apps currently on iTunes: Comprehension, Naming, Writing. Reading is coming soon.  Although designed for a different target population, many SLPs have been reporting great results using these apps for their language students. Another one that allows you to e-mail results, I’m excited to possibly play with this app in the future.

 

 

 

A pretty popular app company, Smarty Ears Apps has 30+ apps available in the iTunes store. Covering a variety of therapy areas, their app topics include dysphagia, articulation, AAC, bilingualism, fluency, questions, articulation tests and productivity apps for the working SLP. With such a wide variety, you’ll want to visit the site the really explore each app in depth. I have heard great things about the artic test!

 

 

Be sure to check out these companies and see which apps will work for you! More in depth reviews will be coming in the upcoming weeks as I begin to play with them more. Happy app shopping!

– Tara, SpeechyKeenSLP

Getting Ready for ASHA – Top 10!

Next week Speech-Language Pathologists (aka SLPs) and Audiologists (aka Auds) will take over the waterfront in San Diego. The streets will resemble an intellectual flash mob, with every Starbucks, lunch café and street corner packed with talks of cochlear implants, developments in hearing sciences, language intervention strategies and those pesky /r/ sounds. SLPs and Auds around the world are already excitedly packing their suitcases, a week before the first day of convention. Many of us would call this one of their favorite weekends of the year – I know I do!  But convention “newbies”, and experienced go-ers alike, can benefit from the tips and tricks to make the most of this weekend. Below are my favorite top 10, gathered from personal experience, blogs, peers and twitter conversations with other SLPs (#slpeeps):

 

  1. Comfy Shoes: Don’t even let those cute shoes tempt their way out of your closet and into your bag. Yes, I know they look great with the outfit you packed, but trust me – your feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders will ALL thank you if you pick the tennies instead! The convention center is 605, 701 square feet of with cement floor walking – and that’s not even taking into consideration the walk from your hotel or out to lunch!
  2. Staying Powered Up: long days in the convention center can be tough on the electronics. Especially if you are texting to find friends! With  12,000+ people, that cell phone will be your lifeline! A lot of the companies on the expo floor tweet specials, so you’ll need to stay powered up to get the best experience and deals! Bring your plugs and charge in downtime, or try this little gem to keep that phone/ipod/etc going all day and night.
  3. Schedule Your Day: There is so much happening at once during the convention. Poster sessions, expo floor, short courses, speakers, meet and greets. Don’t wait till you arrive to set your schedule! Sean Sweeney (SpeechTechie) has written a fantastic post on how to use ASHA’s on-line scheduler – get on that schedule and send it to your mobile device! You’ll be ready to go in no time!
  4. Walk-Out: Now this one may sound like a tough one, but it has been corroborated by professors, speakers and attendees alike. If you find yourself in a session that is boring/unhelpful/incorrect … walk out! You are taking time away from your clients and paying to LEARN – don’t waste any time in this packed weekend!
  5. Arrive Early: If you read a description of a session and think “I have GOT to go to that one”, there is a good change a few other professionals have thought the same thing. I have been in many sessions that were closed early with people packing the aisles, walls and doubling up in chairs to hear a good speaker. Arriving early not only assures you a seat, but maybe you can even score one near an outlet (see #2)!
  6. Exhibit Hall: Fellow #slpeep @mtmmary made a great point in a twitter conversation this week – you can learn in the exhibit hall too! So many people go session to session and don’t schedule in a decent amount of time to explore the exhibit hall. Even if you don’t plan on buying, there are specialists at those tables ready and willing to explain new technology, new research and new therapy techniques. You can learn just as much (and maybe more) on that floor than you can in many sessions. Be sure to schedule time to explore the exhibit hall!
  7. Hauling the Loot: Every experienced conference attendee knows the first sign that the exhibit hall has opened –  bright yellow Super Duper bags. But experienced go-ers will also tell you the havoc they can wreak on your back. Trying to keep it on your shoulder all day can be exhausting. Think about bringing a backpack or a roller bag … trust me, you won’t look THAT dorky, you’re back will thank you and everyone else will think you are a genius while they fight with their yellow bag. And you can still get your yellow bag – just stuff it in the backpack!
  8. Taking it All Home: Now remember, every free pen, new book and piece of paper has to go home with you. If you are flying in, you have to fly all those goods home! @activitytailor  suggests you leave room in your suitcase and keep an eye out for free shipping! Many vendors will mail your purchases home for you, which keeps you under the weight limit and able to avoid  those extra bag fees.
  9. Making Connections: This is your chance to expand your professional circles. Reach out and talk to those around you, we’re all quite the chatty group! Another great way to connect with others is twitter. If you are one of the SLP’s on twitter, be sure to check out the SLP chatter by following the hashtags #slpeeps #asha11 #audpeps. During the convention there will be the “tweet up” where we can meet in person – Friday at 4:30. See you there? [If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go here for a crash course in twitter by @SLPTanya! Feel free to ask me questions as well!]
  10. Meals: One of the hardest things to accomplish at the convention (other than finding someone in the convention center) is eating. If you are a Starbucks addict, try going a few blocks away from the convention center…  you might just miss your first session (or two) waiting in line at the closest one. Dinner reservations are highly suggested, or be ready to wait hours for a seat. Yelp can help you find restaurants a further walk from the convention center, or help you pick those reservations in advance. Another tip is to leave 30 minutes before the end of the mealtime sessions, there can be quite the hold up getting out of the convention center when a mad rush of hungry SLPs and Auds are released onto an unknowing San Diego waterfront.
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**UPDATE**
Thanks to @slotagg for the comment below and reminding me of another tip! Bring return address labels (or print some off at home) — there are a ton of raffles each year at ASHA, and your hand will already be tired from all that note taking in sessions. Each time you see a raffle, stick a few of those bad boys on the slips and stuff the box. You might actually be the one to walk away with the Subaru this year (though I am secretly rooting for @slotagg).

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Do you have some more tips I may have missed? Feel free to leave them in the comments below! Are you going? Let’s meet up! Text, tweet or e-mail!

 

–          Tara, SpeechyKeenSLP