On March 23-25th I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Speech-Language- Hearing Association of Virginia Convention in Richmond, Virginia. This was my second year attending the conference. I was able to attend various sessions that helped to increase my knowledge of assessing and treating children and adults with various disabilities. I learned about various intervention techniques specific to different populations, and I am eager to implement these techniques in my therapy sessions. I was also able to network with various companies all over the state of Virginia by visiting the different exhibits. I will be graduating in August and I found it to be very beneficial to talk to several employees and employers about their companies. I also attended a Student Social to learn more about preparing to interview for jobs and what to expect. I found this to be very beneficial as well, and I feel that I am better prepared to begin the process of job searching. Overall, attending this conference was a very rewarding experience and I am eager to attend the conference again next year.
This past week, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) 2016 conference in Chantilly, Virginia. I attended the preconference on Wednesday, and the day-long conference on Thursday and Friday. This was my first time attending this annual conference. I had the opportunity to attend sessions covering various topics including: ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication), Language and Literacy Through Art, etc. I also had the opportunity to network with various vendors from all over the state and some from outside of Virginia. This experience was very memorable for me and I am looking forward to attending the conference next year in Richmond, Virginia. I was able to share this experience with all of my peers in my cohort and with many members of the Longwood CSDS faculty. I am anxious to implement the knowledge that I gained from the conference in my future therapy sessions. I am very much looking forward to my future as a Speech-Language Pathologist.