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What are you planning at the ASHA Convention?

by Adam Slota

In about a week, I’ll be leaving the cold tundra that Chicago is about to become and heading to the temperate beaches of San Diego to, well, sit inside some conference rooms listening to the science that drives the professions of speech pathology and audiology at the 2011 ASHA Convention (ASHAcon). I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to attend ASHAcon several times in the past, but this is the first time that I’ll be blogging some of the ASHA goodies and sharing that ASHA love with you all via the interwebz, and I couldn’t be more excited to do it.

This year I’ll be looking at all things dysphagia. I want to know how exercise physiology impacts swallow function (what works and what doesn’t?), how to strengthen both bedside and instrumental evaluation of swallowing, ways to improve communication between long term care SLPs and hospital SLPs, among whole of host of dysphagia related goodness as it relates to stroke, head/neck cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Yes, these are all topics that will be discussed at ASHAcon (and more!). Plus, this year I signed up for my first short course through Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallow Disorders (Dysphagia), entitled “Exercise Principles: How Much, How Often, & How Intense?” which I’m excited to attend to keep my practice in check with supporting evidence. There are also a few golden nuggets of tracheostomy related courses out there I hope to have time to attend. If I’m real lucky, I’ll find time get a seminar or two on some aphasia topics, a substrate of speech pathology that I desperately need a refresher in.

Are you planning on attending ASHAcon? Then share with us what courses you’re looking forward to attending, or what topics you just can’t wait to learn more about here in the comments. Did you take a mind blowing course at a previous ASHAcon? Then share the wealth with us! And if you’re planning on attending some dysphagia seminars, make sure to hi. I’ll be the guy. If there’s more than one of us there, I’ll be in jeans, furiously taking notes, tweeting and blogging on an iPad (or stuffing the raffle box for a chance to win a Subaru). Whether you go to ASHAcon or not, do make sure to follow convention news and updates here at ASHAsphere or follow ASHAcon on Twitter at @ASHAconv along with the #asha11 hashtag to keep up with all the delicious speech, language, hearing and swallow science.

(Adam is one of the official ASHA Convention bloggers! Stay tuned for more insights from him and the other bloggers before, during and after convention.)

Adam Slota M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech pathologist working in long term care and long term acute care settings, primarily with tracheostomy and ventilator dependent patients. He is also the author of the blog slowdog where he writes about various topics in speech pathology and beer, among other frisky and/or mundane missives.

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Alicia Fox November 11, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Sara Ward’s presentation on Executive Function skills blew my mind at last year’s ASHA convention, so I signed up for her short course this year. She’s an amazing source of info. I’m also looking forward to hearing about apps folks are using in tx…there are some great ‘speech/lang app’ resources online, but it’s still hard to keep up.

Adam November 16, 2011 - 10:58 am

Executive function skills?! Too many great courses, too short of ASHAcon.

Do you know, are there any seminars on the use of apps and tx? I do know that a certain dysphagia app will be on demonstration this year…can’t wait to see it!

Samantha Weatherford November 15, 2011 - 5:32 pm

I have to make it to at LEAST one session on pursuing a Ph.D. and I’m excited to go to some peds dysphagia presentations. I’m attending three sessions at the Marriott on Friday – prep for the PRAXIS, prep for externships, prep for CF. I require a lot of prepping :/

I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for the guy in the jeans, I’d love to say hello to one of my SLPeep-social-media-partners-in-crime (quite a title, no?)

Adam November 16, 2011 - 10:54 am

Well, well. I may be attending a PhD seminar myself. I have nearly every year in the past, telling myself I’ll apply for the following school year. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m counting on it sticking one of these years.

“SLPeep-social-media-partners-in-crime” – I’ll proudly put that on my resume!

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