Pre-ASHA Convention Blog Roundup

2012 ASHA Convention logo

At long last, the 2012 ASHA Convention is upon us! If you’re either already in Atlanta or heading there, here are some links to helpful posts by fellow attendees, both past and present:

  • Tara Roehl gives instructions on how to create your convention schedule using Google Docs.
  • Aubrey Klingensmith has reated an “#ASHA12 Survival Guide” of apps that might come in handy during Convention.
  • Ruth Morgan has scoped out Atlanta for gluten-free options and offers some great suggestions for those who can’t just grab a quick bagel or a muffin during Convention.
  • While Kristin Mosman unfortunately won’t be attending this year, she has compiled a great list of things she wishes she’d known before attending past ASHA Conventions.
  • Ready to finally bite the bullet and learn what all this social media stuff is about, but not sure where to start? Lucky for you there will be many resources at Convention to help. There is an invited session on Thursday at 10:30 am (Session #1003) “A How-To of Social Media: Technologies, Trends and Traps.” I will be attending Convention from Thursday through Saturday and happy to help give hands-on help with the ASHA Community and/or any other social media question you may have. I’ll be splitting my time between the Volunteer Village, the exhibit hall and various events including the ASHA Tweetup on Friday at 5 pm in the Leader Lounge. Finally, the #slpeeps and #audpeeps have paired up with Pediastaff and will be offering many different social media resources including a learning lab, a social media learning center, and several “Tweet & Greet” sessions.

If you aren’t attending this year’s convention, stay tuned to ASHAsphere for updates from the official ASHAsphere Convention bloggers, as well as follow-up posts from other attendees. You can also watch from afar on Twitter by following @ASHAconv and the #asha12 hashtag. And you don’t have to suffer alone–there’s even a hashtag for those who aren’t able to be at Convention: #ashaless!

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

ASHAsphere Summer Vacation

Summer Time (I)

Photo by pasotraspaso

Hope you all are having a great, relaxing summer. This is just a quick post to say ASHAsphere is taking a little summer break too–so enjoy a few days with one less item in your Google reader or email inbox! We’ll be back with a new post on Thursday, August 9, but in the meantime, if you’re looking for some reading material, you can always check out some of the blogs from “The Best Speech-Language Pathologist Blogs from A-Z” post that Heidi Kay did back in March.

Spending your summer online time on Pinterest instead of reading blogs? You can follow us there for a mix of ASHA content, study resources, therapy ideas, classroom organization ideas and even just some fun crafts.

If you’re a blogger and interested in applying to be an ASHA Convention blogger, there’s still time–applications are due on Friday, August 10. The details and link to the application are here.

Finally, a huge thanks to all the wonderful ASHAsphere bloggers for their continued contributions–they are what makes this blog such a great and popular resource. And of course thank you, too, readers–there are many, many CSD blogs out there with more cropping up each day, and we appreciate you reading along with us each week. As always, if you have suggestions for posts you’d like to see, leave a comment or, if you would like to write for us, apply to become an ASHAsphere blogger.

Call for 2012 ASHA Convention Bloggers!

 

ASHA is looking for three bloggers to cover the 2012 ASHA Convention for ASHAsphere. If you’re interested in attending the 2012 ASHA Convention, November 15-17 in Atlanta, GA, and willing and able to blog about your experience before, during, and after the event, this could be your chance to win free registration. Selected bloggers will receive complimentary base registration, but will be responsible for their own travel costs and expenses.

If you’re interested in applying to be a 2012 Convention blogger, please fill out and submit the application by Friday, August 10. Three selected bloggers will be notified by Friday, August 24.

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

Twitter Chat with Nancy Helm-Estabrooks

In recognition of National Aphasia Awareness Month, ASHA hosted a Twitter chat with Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, the SLP coordinating supplemental home speech-language services for Gabby Giffords. The chat took place on Twitter on Monday, June 25. Participants used the hashtag #aphasiachat and asked some great questions of Nancy. You can read the full transcript of the chat here (transcript goes in reverse chronological order), but here are just some of the questions/answers from the chat:

 

Here are a few additional resources related to aphasia:

Thanks to AARP and the National Aphasia Association for helping us spread the word about the chat!

This Twitter chat was a first for ASHA–what other topics would you like to see us address for potential future chats?

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup–Week 5

Second place winner of the BHSM Drawing Contest--by Paul Gammaitoni, Age 7

Sadly, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) has come to a close! So many great posts, articles, events, tweets and stories shared–the messages will undoubtedly resound well beyond this one month. Here are just a few of the many great posts we noticed from this last week of BHSM:

  •  The Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association produced five podcasts in honor of BHSM examining issues relevant to SLPs and audiologists.
  • Even the Department of Defense’s Hearing Center of Excellence got involved in highlighting the importance of BHSM, sharing plans to embark on a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of noise later this year.
  • The Technology in (Spl) Education blog featured many SLP guest posts throughout May in honor of BHSM.
  • The Standford School of Medicine blog Hearing Loss Cure posted a great summary of  more BHSM efforts undertaken by various organizations, and reminded us of the importance of keeping the spirit of BHSM alive throughout the year.

Thanks again to all who commented on the week 1 , week 2 week 3 and week 4 roundup posts–please share any last BHSM blog posts and other resources in the comments.

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup–Week 4

2012 bhsm drawing winner

First place winner of the 2012 BHSM drawing contest--by Aiza Javaid, age 6

Closing in on the end of Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) and it’s been amazing to see all the online buzz focused on hearing and speech! There have been hundreds of tweets, many blog posts, and equally many Facebook posts highlighting facts about BHSM. Here are just a few  of the many great posts we noticed from this past week:

Also, congratulations to the 2012 BHSM Drawing Contest winners! The drawing above was the first place winner, done by Aiza Javaid, age 6, from Aldie, Virginia.

Thanks to all who commented on the week 1 , week 2  and week 3 roundup posts–please continue to share other BHSM blog posts and other resources in the comments.

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup–Week 3


So many Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) posts and so little space to share them all! Thanks to all who commented on the week 1 and week 2 roundup posts–it’s great to see so many actively engaged in promoting BHSM in innovative, fun ways.
Here are just a few of the many posts we’ve seen this past week:
  • Carole Zangari, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is devoting this month’s strategy of the month posts to helping SLPs develop  PrAACtical Learning and Resource Networks.
  • Brenda Gorman, PH.D., CCC-SLP, reminds us that BHSM is a great time to spread the word about the CSD professions, on the Lingua Health blog.
  • The UHS-Pruitt Corporation website devoted this month’s Wellness Tips section to BHSM, focusing on hearing and hearing safety.
  • The National Initiative for Healthcare Quality highlights their infant hearing screening program in recognition and celebration of BHSM.
  • Not a blog post, but last week, Pat Ritter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Executive Director, The Treatment & Learning Centers and Greg Weimann, MBA, ASHA  Manager of Public Relations, conducted a live online chat for ASHA members that focused on marketing one’s services as part BHSM.  The questions ran the gambit from inquiries about the best ways to reach physicians and other referral sources to questions about starting a new practice, hours of operations, and even how to market an open house. Here’s an except from the chat:

Q: How would you market an open house? What would you suggest having at an open house besides staff/brochures/possible videos?

Greg: For the open house, I would invite the local media. Take pictures if media doesn’t come and send the photos. I would have food, demonstrations, videos and perhaps have patients that you have helped tell their stories.

Pat: Make the open house personal. Have lunch and chat about your services. This is best. You can have the brochures etc. to take away. Think of what you like, conversation, interaction a good feel. Market through flyers, letter and personal calls. We do these and with everyone so busy it is hard to get people to come. Personal invites are best OR give value. Do a one hour workshop that would draw people in and then talk about your practice for 10 minutes.

ASHA members can access the full archive of the online chat here.

Share your blog posts or other resources in the comments and we’ll continue sharing them each Thursday throughout May.

(The poster pictured above was included in the March 13, 2012 issue of the ASHA Leader. For more free BHSM resources like coloring pages, book marks, door hangers and more, visit the BHSM section of the ASHA website.)

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

 

 

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup–Week 2

 

In addition to it being Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM), this week is also National Stuttering Awareness Week! ASHA partnered with the Stuttering Foundation to raise awareness among parents and other caregivers about the warning signs of stuttering and the need for early intervention. The Stuttering Foundation has information and resources about National Stuttering Awareness Week which you can use throughout the year to raise awareness about stuttering.

In addition to the hundreds of tweets this past week about BHSM, here are just a few of the many blog posts featuring BHSM ideas:

  • Consonantly Speaking cultivated a great list of free printables for BHSM.
  • The Pediastaff blog lists more great resources for BHSM.
  •  Heather Gehringer, CCC-SLP, created a calendar for BHSM planning, which is posted on her blog, Heather’s Speech Therapy.
  • The Apraxia Adventures blog has a great idea for raising awareness about apraxia during BHSM–31 facts about childhood apraxia of speech that you can share throughout the month and beyond.
  • Not a blog post but a terrific idea to promote BHSM on Facebook and Twitter, Beginnings of North Carolina is running a “Donate your status” campaign throughout the month. They make sharing BHSM facts as easy as retweeting/sharing their daily posts.
  • The image above is by Jakhai Ellerbe from New York City, who won first place in last year’s ASHA’s annual BHSM Drawing Contest.  You can download the screen saver [link is executable file], and also have your students enter the 2012 BHSM drawing contest–details and complete contest rules are available on the ASHA website.
Share your blog posts or other resources in the comments and we’ll continue sharing them each Thursday throughout May.

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

 

 

 

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup Week 1

Happy Better Hearing & Speech Month! This May marks the 85th anniversary of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and to promoting treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing. ASHA offers many resources for BHSM, and with each passing year, more and more SLPs, audiologists, and others interested in CSD are using social media to share ideas for celebrating BHSM.

Twitter is a great way to hear what others are doing to celebrate BHSM. You can follow the #BHSM hashtag on Twitter or just bookmark this link and check it throughout the month to follow the conversations about BHSM on Twitter. We’ve also started a Better Hearing & Speech Month Ideas board on Pinterest, where we’ll be pinning/re-pinning resources and ideas we see throughout the month.

Each week throughout May ASHAsphere will be highlighting some of the blog posts and other resources we’ve found using these social media sources. Here are just a few of the many posts we’ve seen this week:

  • Christopher Bugaj, MA CCC-SLP, did his annual A.T. TIPSCAST podcast and accompanying blog post about language-based curriculum, dedicated to BHSM.
  • Dan P McLellan, CCC-SLP, did a post about BHSM in his new blog, Speechguy.
  • Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP, lists some BHSM resources on the Advance  Early Intervention Speech Therapy blog.
  • Canadian SLP Skye Blue Angus has a great May Month (Canada’s Speech and Hearing Month) photo of the day challenge on her blog, CREE-ZY, CRAZY SPEECHIE.
  • Lisa M. Geary, MS, CCC-SLP created printable information pages SLPs can share with parents, teachers and other educators, along with some other BHSM resources, on Livespeaklove.

Share your blog posts or other resources in the comments and we’ll continue sharing them each Thursday throughout May.

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day 2012 Calendar

Photo by danielmoyle

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I’d share a few blog posts and other resources for those looking for some new activities to try.

 Have other posts or resources? Please share in the comments.

 

 Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.