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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 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.

Day 7: Happy Feet!

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide

Make sure your feet are happy by the end of convention! | Read more at: http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog #slpeeps #asha14

This post is for the ladies. Lets talk about the true workhorse at convention – your feet. They will be carrying you to the convention, around the exhibit hall, up the lines of posters, off to meals, between your sessions and back to your hotel again at night. There is always a true tell sign of it being your first convention – ridiculous shoes. When you come strutting into the Orange County Convention Center on Thursday, we all know you’re a newbie with those adorable heels. While we’ll all think they are cute, we will also think you’re crazy. And after a day in the convention center you will be doing the walk of shame back to your hotel room – shoe shame that is. You know the walk… While you started out the day strutting like a graceful swan, you’ll be stumbling like a gangling goose back to your room. Don’t fall victim to the lure of those cute, yet ridiculous, shoes in your closet.

Making the cut…

Now, this doesn’t  mean you have to don your running tennies with your cute skinny jeans at the convention center. It just means to be wise in your shoe selection. Convention floors are about as soft as Superman’s abs of steel.  You want to be rocking this convention through to the closing party on Saturday night… Don’t  let an aching back, sore hips and  hurting knees get in your way! Choose some sensible shoes – here are some of my favorites:

Comfortable Convention Shoes

 

Break them in

Be sure the convention isn’t the first time you’ve worn these shoes. Give yourself time to break them in! Blisters and convention don’t play nice – and even the most sensible shoes can leave you limping.

Be prepared

Come prepared – even your most trustworthy pair of shoes can suddenly “misbehave” when you are on the road. Don’t let them let you down! I always travel with a few packs Moleskin. You can find Moleskin in the pharmacy area of your local store, in the aisle dedicated to feet. It comes in sheets, so I throw a small pair of scissors into my bag as well. One side is super soft, the other is VERY sticky. Any place where your shoe is rubbing, put the moleskin! It creates a gentle and cushioning barrier, protecting you from a blister. Some people stick it to their shoes, while others stick it to their foot. Whichever works for you is fine! Quite frankly, it’s fantastic. Throw a few band aids into your bag too, in case you don’t apply the moleskin quite soon enough. Or all those papers in the exhibit hall give you a paper cut…

Hope to meet you at convention with some happy feet!

What shoes will you be wearing?

 

– 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 6: Peel and Stick!

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide


Peel & Stick - how to save yoruself from writer's cramp at convention! | Read more at: http://www.speechykeenslp.com/blog #slpeeps #ASHA14

One thing conferences are known for is writer’s cramp. Even if you are typing notes, there are still plenty of opportunities to write down your name, email, address, etc. Some speakers will pass around a clipboard to collect emails for slides, handouts, etc. In the exhibit hall some booths are able to scan your badge for your information, but many don’t use that technology yet. So you’ll be whipping out your pen for contest entries, newsletter sign ups, notification email lists… You get the picture! Don’t miss out on key opportunities because no one can read your writing by Saturday afternoon. And don’t waste time re-writing this information 50x.

The answer: Create mailing labels with your information neatly typed. Stick the sheet of stickers in your convention bag and whip them out at a moments notice! Stick it to that contest entry form or mailing list and keep moving!

The information I include on each label is:

  • My name (including credentials)
  • Place of work/age group
  • Website/blog/twitter handle (if you have any)
  • Address
  • Phone number (usually my cell,as sometimes they want to reach you before the end of convention!)
  • E-mail address (one you will be checking during convention)

One sheet should be enough. As I mentioned before, many booths have adopted the technology to scan your badge. And I typically only see about three to five speakers passing the clipboard. But when you do use them, it’s a life saver. And you look like a genius!
My best friend used my mailing label tip and won a big screen TV one year.! They called her before we left convention to see if she wanted to take it with or have it shipped. Needless to say, this tip was a “winner” (pun intended).

Get to printing! Don’t have any mailing labels lying around? Add them to your Amazon order with your battery and power cord!

– 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 5: Get Carded!

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide

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Oh the people you’ll meet! The convention of people with the same passion as you, but all adding a different flavor to the mixing bowl. You’ll meet students, CFs, brand new SLPs and those who’ve been around the block a few times. You’ll meet the famous and the unknown, the one’s at the top and the ones who are on their way up! The long of the short?

NETWORK YOUR HEART OUT!

The best way to make connections with people is to exchange a business card. The age-old “card swap” is still in full swing. So go get yourself a business card today! If you work for someone else (a school, hospital, etc), I’d highly encourage you to get a business card for YOU as well as carrying your employer’s card. Your personal ones doesn’t need to have a business name on it – just a professional looking e-mail address, your number, name and credentials. This will help you network as yourself and as your employer as the situation dictates.

You don’t have to spend a pretty penny on cards, you can actually get a lot for free. But you need to get that order in soon! You’ll end up paying a ton to “rush” if you wait too long. Be sure to google the company name + “coupon” and take advantage of some deals out there.

Some fun places to get cards:

  • Moo Cards: The quality of paper on these cards is amazing, the options are outstanding and you can even change up the shape! I personally love the minis, but may be trying square next! They cost a bit more, but they definitely have a wow factor.
  • VistaPrint: The range of pricing options make this a very affordable option! And the coupons available out there mean you could get a whole batch for just the cost of shipping!
  • Zazzle: Another site adding some pizzazz to the everyday business card. Rounded edge, minis… they are adding options to add some fun to your pockets!

Where are you getting your cards from for 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 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.