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