Do you have a great story idea for the Leader?
That’s the question we’re posing to the more than 15,000 people at ASHA’s 2016 Convention. (To sweeten the pot, everyone who submits a story idea gets entered in a raffle for an iPad Air!)
Some members have amazing personal stories: A neurogenics professor lost all communication abilities after a brain tumor, but is now back on the podium. A graduate student who received cochlear implants at age 6 has chosen to pursue speech-language pathology to be a “walking example” of the opportunities that CIs can provide. A clinician devoted almost 25 years to working on the Navajo reservation.
Others have found innovative strategies and methods. One school-based SLP, for example, has found that empathy is a huge motivator, especially for students who are embarrassed about being “different” and receiving speech-language services. Another clinician has found a way to help a nonverbal student use an eye-gaze AAC system to communicate — despite his nystagmus. A state association leader is using social media to build membership among millennials and generation Y.
And some convention attendees are looking for answers on topics as diverse as the SLP’s role in addressing social-emotional development in elementary schools, the use of virtual reality and technology in teaching anatomy/physiology and speech science classes, developing a community-based clinic, how to tell if you’re on the road to burnout, how – and if – diets affect autism, supporting the transition of speech-language pathology assistants to graduate programs, and the interprofessional team approach for end-of-life discussions with patients and families.
As editors, we are fascinated by the stories of our members and their work, as well as by the clinical and professional issues that challenge them. Look for some of these articles in upcoming issues of the Leader.
And if you’re at the convention, stop by the Publications Lounge (Booth 1216 in the Exhibit Hall) to submit your own idea and enter the iPad raffle. We’ll take your idea at any time, but you have until 4:30 p.m. on Friday to enter the raffle!
Carol Polovoy is managing editor of The ASHA Leader. firstname.lastname@example.org.