ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide
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.
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!
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
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.