I would like to start off by thanking ASHA by selecting me to be one of this year’s Official Bloggers. This year’s convention was a fabulous experience all around. From Maya Angelou’s inspirational opening ceremony talk to the tear-jerking Annie Glenn award ceremony. To have followed Gabby Gifford’s recovery effort and then watch her accept the award was very moving. This was all followed by a pretty awesome closing ceremony at the Georgia Aquarium, which totally blew last year’s “lawn party” out of the water, excuse my pun. I mean who could beat watching some sharks swim by with a few thousand other SLPs?
In between all the events I mentioned above were, of course, some great sessions, a huge exhibit hall, and a maze of a convention center. I literally got lost a few times. The two highlights of the convention for me was getting to participate in NSSLHA Day and meeting all the fabulous #slpeeps that interact over Twitter all year round.
For NSSLHA Day I presented a crash course entitled iPads and Apps. This was a blast and I got to meet some awesome grad students who were eager to learn about some awesome apps to use in therapy. I also got this nifty certificate of appreciation and recognition. Thanks again NSSLHA!
Like I mentioned earlier meeting the #slpeeps from around country was so much fun. We learn a lot from each other throughout the year so it’s always such a neat experience to meet these great therapists in person. There were over 30 #slpeeps that met for dinner on the Wednesday before ASHA started and several more that met for ASHA’s official Tweetup. If you haven’t considered Twitter or social media I highly recommend that you look into it and start building your personal learning network (PLN)! Oh and in case you missed it there was also a flash mob that was organized by PediaStaff and two of the #slpeeps Aubrey Klingensmith and Mai Ling Chan.
One of my favorite sessions at #ASHA12 was Sara Ward’s on Executive Function. It was two solid hours of practical idea after idea. These were the type of ideas that could be implemented immediately and work. One of the big takeaways from the session was here concept of “future glasses” that kids put on to help them envision what the final outcome of what they are working on should look like. This helps with organization and time management. Genius! That’s all I have to say.
So as I finish writing this post I will place on my Future Glasses and look forward to what #ASHA13 will bring us.
(Jeremy is one of the official ASHA Convention bloggers. These three bloggers were selected to blog about the ASHA Convention in exchange for complimentary registration. Stay tuned for more insights from him and the other bloggers before, during and after convention.)
Jeremy Legaspi, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Foundations Developmental House. He concentrates on autism, AAC, apraxia, articulation,phonlogy, and some feeding. You can follow him on twitter @azspeechguy and check him out on azspeechguy.wordpress.com andwww.therapyapp411.com