A Quick RehASH-A

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ASHA timed it just right this year.  Denver had snow just before our arrival and struggled with more wintery weather just after our departure.  I’m still enjoying mid-60s most days and debates with weather or not to bring a jacket in the morning.  I wouldn’t have been quite ready for boots and gloves!

I wanted to share a few, quick gems I gleaned from my sessions.  If there are any you’d like to hear more about, please let me know in the comments below and a full post might show up!  Or, head over to the ASHA website and download the presenter’s handout.  (I’ve listed the session number for easier searching.)

  • Navigating Professional Transitions (1152): Melissa had us do an exercise I really liked (although I was abbreviated due to time).  Write for 20 minutes on “If everything went as well as it possibly could, what would your life look like in 12 months?”  It’s a way to determine your goals and your values.  Check out her recent article in the Leader on the same topic.
  • Becoming Storytelling Animals (SC18): “Storytelling is innate and the best storytellers are often the most powerful and popular.”  Something to think about especially in regards to my kiddos who are lacking in this skill.  Although I don’t work with AAC myself, there was a lot of really good information related to this population.
  • Incorporating Art into Language Therapy (1729): This was a fun one to see (even in the overflow area) with several easy to prep art activities that I’m likely to use.  I particularly liked a tree that provided a visual of values and strengths and a quick brain picture with acrylic paint folded in half to make a mirror image (similar to the classic butterfly art project).
  • Engaging Sensory Children (1823): These women were just the right personalities to pull off the very last time slot of the convention!  What fun discussions and explanations of kiddos that you immediately recognized on your own caseload along with a shopping list of ideas to help them manage their day!
  • Thirty-Five Years of Clinical Experience & Therapy Ideas for CAS (1640):  This session was chockful of speech therapy activities and video clips (love those).  From simple knock down the card games, to basketball to flashcard “roads,” everyone left with something to add to their sessions on Monday.

In general, I thought the conference did a much better job of offering practical sessions that gave me ideas I could implement almost immediately.  However, I continue to be disappointed in the number of popular sessions/speakers requiring overflow rooms.  Surely, we can either make better estimate on room size or offer certain sessions more than once?  (Doesn’t the pocket planner provide any analytics as to which sessions are marked on schedules most often?)

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Shira Reiss

    It sounds like you chose the right sessions that were practical with strategies to use with students. I dont think I was as lucky with my choices. I found the majority of my sessions to be a forum for professors to use the power points they use in a graduate level class and present their research. (i.e. Do I need more than an hour to have a class on normal phonological awareness development and then at the very end be preseneted with their research working with ONE book with a group of 3 children? I think I attended ONE seminar that had numerous strategies that I will use with wonderful videos to demonstrate those strategies. What is sad is that numerous colleagues from my school district felt the same way. This was my first and last ASHA National Convention. PS. I was told that most power point presentations will be uploaded a week or two after convention. I will take a look at the seminars you listed.

    1. admin

      That used to happen to me too. I think as time has gone by I’ve gotten better at ferreting out which sessions will be worthwhile to my practice and are most likely to deliver on what they say they will. I would suggest you leave feedback with ASHA. It’s important that we help shape a convention that meets the needs of attendees as well as those of presenters! Kim

  2. Mary-Beth

    Thanks for sharing, Kim! Glad you had fun! Your sessions sounded very interesting. Would love to hear more about the tips for kids with sensory challenges.

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