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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.

The ASHA Convention ‘14: A How-To Guide

ASHA Convention '14: A How-To Guide | Tips for thriving at this year's ASHA Convention in Orlando!

It’s hard to believe we are officially 30 days from the start of The American Speech-Language and Hearing Associations annual convention in Orlando, Florida! Every year I try to gather the best tips, information, insider knowledge and overall encouragement for people headed to the Convention. I’ve only missed 2 years since graduate school – so I have quite a few conventions under my belt. I hope you find this helpful!

Today I’m going to give you a quick overview of what the rest of the month will look like. Do you have burning questions you are hoping I’ll answer? Tweet me at @speechykeenslp, or shoot me an e-mail at tara@speechykeenslp.com, and I will try to work it into the series!


Week 1: Problem Solving Purchases

[October 20-26]

Having made the mistake once, I’ve learned my lesson. My shopping list goes out the very first week to give everyone time to get their orders in! This week I will be telling you about all of the lifesaving purchases that help me make the most of ASHA14. These are fine tuned, tried and true purchases that will not only make the Convention run smoother for you, but will be useful after convention too!


Week 2: Set Your Schedule!

[October 27- November 2]

That ASHA Planner can be completely overwhelming! The on-line program planning? Even more so! How do you pick a good session? How do  you set up your schedule? How much time do you need for the exhibit hall? Should you attend short courses, technical sessions or posters? I’ll answer all of these questions and more! I’ll be sharing my free planning template and you’ll even get a peek into my schedule for the convention!


Week 3: What to Wear Where!

[November 3 – November 9]

As if choosing an outfit each day wasn’t difficult enough. a conference can take it to the next level of stress. Your outfit can change drastically day-to-day depending on your plans. I’ll walk you through what is expected and unexpected to wear in a variety of convention settings, as well as some SLP trends that are popping up all over social media!


Week 4: Pack and Prep!

[November 10-16]

As we are in the final days of the ASHA14 countdown, I’ll help you pack your suitcases for your grand getaway! We’ll talk about those necessities, what to leave at home and how to make sure you have everything you need for your arrival. We’ll also talk about packing your bag for each day of the convention!


The Final Days!

[November 17-19]

Just three days left until ASHA14 begins! These final days we’ll chat about how to network, where meet other likeminded SLPs and have you walking into the Orange County Convention Center ready to take on this years Convention! 2


I can’t wait to share with you… let’s get ready 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.

Pinterest Tip: Watermarking Images

Pinterest Tips: Watermark Images! Come see how to make sure people know how to find their way back to you on pinterest! www.speechykeensl...

I recently wrote an article for the ASHA Leader all about Pinterest. Quite a few questions arose. One that concerns a lot of people is the use of their copyrighted material. People see their copyrighted images all over Pinterest and become worried that their hard work is being stolen. Let me address those concerns here!

Are people stealing them?  Possibly.

I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I would hope and wish they are saving your excellent resources for later use. Remember, “pinning” something isn’t stealing something. All a pin or board is, in essence, is a peak into someone’s “bookmarks” or “favorites”. Most people pinning are simply saving that idea for later!

Are the giving you credit? Maybe.

That responsibility is split 50/50. Half of the responsibility is yours! Keep reading to see what you can do to make sure you get the credit you deserve!

Are people who “re-pin” aware of where that resource is from? Again, Maybe!

Same as above – unless you’ve taken steps to make sure your name is ALWAYS attached to your materials, they might not know how to find you and your amazing resources!

Watermarking

The number one thing you can do to make sure people can find you, is to watermark your images! This means putting your name/website ON your images/resources. People will always know who created it and where to go to find more information if you have it watermarked. Here are some examples of watermarking…

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You can watermark all over an image (#1), making it useless to someone “stealing” it. But this also makes it difficult for people to USE. You can also watermark your name/website across the middle of a image (#2). This might obscure your information some, but it keeps people from “cropping” it out. Or you can “watermark” by placing your name/website in a corner. This gives people the ability to find you without obscuring your image (#3).

How Do I Watermark?

My favorite FREE on-line resource is PicMonkey. Here is a quick tutorial so you can go get those images watermarked TODAY!

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So, how important is this all? VERY!

80% of what is on Pinterest is repinned – it’s important your name stays connected to your materials! Pinterest can drive some serious traffic to your site – so make sure they can find you!

Tune in next week for more Pinterest Tips and check out my article in the ASHA Leader!

– Tara, {the} SpeechyKeenSLP

P.S. The “Gingerbread House” project is still in full swing! Due to deaths and illnesses in my family, therapy has been done while on the road since Christmas. Needless to say, the gingerbread house did not come with me – so we’re continuing that project when I get home!

Minecraft Gingerbread Houses: Week 2

Minecraft Gingerbread Houses - Week 2! | speechykeenslp.com

This week we continued to work on our Gingerbread house. My husband has begun complaining that my office smells like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with the completion of my chocolate bar “landscape”. This week we addressed: problem solving, planning, flexibility, more executive functioning and brainstorming.

Progress and Problem Solving

We first checked in on each other’s “landscapes” to see how we’d done with our goal for the week. We also discussed unexpected problems that arose. The main issue we both were running into was adhesive. Have you ever tried to use royal icing to make candy stick together? Those cake shows make it look much easier than it is. My client was stuck on how to fix this. Particularly because he was stuck on “edible” answers. I had the answer, but really wanted him to reach it on his own. So we put on our “future glasses”[Sarah Ward] to talk about our plans for the houses once finished. Once we’d both agreed that we would NOT be eating our gingerbread houses, he was able to brainstorm “non-edible” options. Our conclusion? Tacky Glue!

Brainstorming and Flexibility

When we first began this project, we’d “warmed-up” by brainstorming everything Minecraft and organizing it visually (see here). So, we had already practiced brainstorming once. Now we needed to brainstorm candies to use for the next step – the siding. We’d decided ahead of time that we were going with “bricks”. So we used Google Image to look through pictures of red candy. We went down a few rabbit trails until we made our choice – can’t wait to show you next week! My client became a little “stuck” the “mortar” you see between bricks. He wanted to dye icing grey and filling in the spaces between the candies. Oy! After some talk on time limits and flexibility, he decided to eliminate it from our plan and just use “bricks”. *phew*

Shopping List

Because my client had no prior knowledge about some of our choices today, a written shopping list was fraught with danger. Have you been in the candy aisle? Completely overwhelming, even when you know what you are looking for! With executive functioning delays, it can often be difficult to remember what something looks like when transitioning from a 2D picture to a 3D object. This means my client would most likely ended up trying to read EVERY package. Which also means mom probably would lose patience, step in, grab the package and the learning moment would have fallen to the wayside. So, for our shopping list this week, we copied pictures from the web and created a “visual shopping list”. This took less than 5 minutes and helped my client “keep a “mental picture” of what he was searching for.

Personal Note

My client did not have his project finished before group tonight. That resulted in a HUGE meltdown on his part, which I was able to view via webcam. As much as my heart broke for him, it was good for me to see so we could discuss why this happened. I really appreciate his parent’s honesty in saying “It was completely my fault. I dropped the ball and didn’t support his executive functioning skills.” I’m putting together a webinar soon for parents and executive functioning as I’ve discovered a lot of them need help supporting their child. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Here is a picture of the progress:

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Join us next week for more lessons and another step closer to our finished gingerbread house!

– Tara Roehl, SpeechyKeenSLP

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

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