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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 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.

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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#ASHA11 Recap – Apps

The iPad and Apps were an even bigger part of the ASHA convention this year compared to last. The exhibit hall had multiple apps booths, with people willing to demo the apps and let you play yourself.  Some companies present were established and well known in the SLP community, like SmartEars, while others were newer and just breaking into the therapy world. I currently do not own many of these apps, but wanted to get this information out there for you to access. I plan on purchasing some of these in the future, I’m going to have to set an app budget each month or I could be in big trouble!

 

 

 

One of the first app booths I found was MouthWorks. Tucked into one of the first rows in the exhibit hall, I was very excited about playing with this app.  An exciting mix of real mouth videos and adorable graphics, this app offers practice at the single phoneme level up to CVCV combination for younger clients. Although you cannot transfer the data out of the app currently, a recent conversation with the company indicates it might become an option down the road.  It will soon be hitting the iTunes store, estimated arrive is the end of November or beginning of December – I plan on giving it a try!

 

Little Bee Speech showed off their app on the floor as well. A phoneme based menu, you have the options of the word, sentence or reading level. The app offers a lot of customization throughout, with the ability to make changes to selections during activities. And it has one of my favorite features – the ability to save data and e-mail it to yourself! I just downloaded this app today, so a longer review coming soon!In the meantime, a video walkthrough of the app can be found here.

 

Pocket SLP was another app company on the floor. They explain how they are SLPs by day, on the floor with their students, and programmers by night, creating apps that are motivating for their students. This company has multiple apps, including ones for articulation, minimal pairs and one with the anatomy of the mouth for speech modelings with older clients. They are advertising a lot of apps coming soon, covering language, reading and even opposits! And always a favorite feature of mine, you can keep data within the app and e-mail it to yourself at the end. And the fact that they are available on the android market AND in the Apple app store? I love an equal opportunity app!

 

Tactus therapy had a different approach to their apps. Their focus is for individuals with aphasia and brain injury. A husband (programmer) and wife (SLP) team, they have three apps currently on iTunes: Comprehension, Naming, Writing. Reading is coming soon.  Although designed for a different target population, many SLPs have been reporting great results using these apps for their language students. Another one that allows you to e-mail results, I’m excited to possibly play with this app in the future.

 

 

 

A pretty popular app company, Smarty Ears Apps has 30+ apps available in the iTunes store. Covering a variety of therapy areas, their app topics include dysphagia, articulation, AAC, bilingualism, fluency, questions, articulation tests and productivity apps for the working SLP. With such a wide variety, you’ll want to visit the site the really explore each app in depth. I have heard great things about the artic test!

 

 

Be sure to check out these companies and see which apps will work for you! More in depth reviews will be coming in the upcoming weeks as I begin to play with them more. Happy app shopping!

– Tara, SpeechyKeenSLP