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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 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.