I had a wonderful time during my recent trip to the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia’s annual conference in Richmond, Virginia. I took part in activities every day of the conference, which took place March 22-25. I attended several sessions about the various aspects of speech-language pathology. The sessions will help me with my current clients and they provided me with information and techniques that will assist me to serve my future clients. The sessions enabled me to learn more in depth information about licensing, professional development, language disorders, neonatal intensive care unit feeding strategies, dysphagia (both pediatric and adult), and aphasia. I was able to apply what I have been learning from my classes and clinic to understand the research and the methods the speakers were presenting. In addition, I presented at the student poster session where I was awarded first place for the research related to my thesis! The conference was a marvelous opportunity to learn from professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists and interact with my future colleges. I look forward to attending the conference next year.
This past weekend I had the pleasure and opportunity to attend the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia’s (SHAV) annual conference from March 23th-25th. This was my second time attending the conference. Not only does SHAV provide attendees with the opportunity to gain continuing education related to a wide variety of topics, it also allows for networking with different organizations and professionals in the field of speech language pathology. I found this to be of utmost importance, as I will be entering the field in August. Besides networking, I attended a variety of presentations at SHAV. I learned a lot about reading comprehension, especially as it applies to the school setting. I felt as though these sessions complemented the information I was taught at Longwood University and helped to further my knowledge and skills related to this area. Besides two sessions related to literacy, I attended a sessions related to social communication disorders and different models of service delivery in a school setting. My favorite aspect about these sessions is that they were all extremely practical and contained information that I can use with my current clients and/or future clients. When the conference came to a close, I found myself thinking that I cannot wait to attend next year and for many years after that. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend the SHAV 2017
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) annual conference, which was held in RIchmond, VA this year. At this conference, I made connections in the professional field by volunteering to serve at registration and to assist with any other needs during the conference. For instance, I made some connections with teachers in a local school district where I am from, interviewed with them the following week, and am happy to say I am employed! This conference was such a good networking opportunity as a student, but as an outgoing student, soon-to-be clinician, it was also an educational opportunity as I attended several seminars on various topics within the field of Speech-Language Pathology of which I was interested. For example, I attended a seminar on bilingual students and learned how to better served them based on their cultural and linguistic differences and preferences. I look forward to attending SHAV 2018 as a Speech-Language Pathologist!
On March 24th, I attended the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference in Richmond, VA. I sat in on a variety of sessions throughout the day. The first two were in regards to a multimodal approach for intervention with children using AAC. I also attended an afternoon session about the basics of intervention for those with autism, and visited the student poster presentations. Throughout the day, I learned valuable new information that I can incorporate into my own therapy techniques. I look forward to returning to SHAV in future years!
On March 23rd-25th, I attended the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference in Richmond, Virginia. This was my second time attending the conference and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I was able to see my classmates and we were able to discuss our clinical placements, as well as share information regarding different therapy techniques we have learned this semester. I also was able to network and meet fellow speech-language pathologists in Virginia. This year, I attended many lectures regarding the geriatric population. I attended lectures about dysphagia, both treatment and evaluation, and about cognitive impairments within skilled nursing facilities and acute hospitals. My favorite lecture was “True” Dysphagia vs. Cognitive Impairment: Exploring Mealtime Impairments in Dementia. At this lecture, I learned that there are many signs and symptoms related to dementia. The dining environment may be a confusing place for someone who has dementia, causing difficulty at meal time. The lecture provided different techniques to utilize during dining experiences in order to prevent aspiration and/or penetration. I learned extremely useful information at SHAV that I know I will use in my future career as a speech-language pathologist.
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.
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia’s annual conference in Richmond, VA. During this conference, I had the opportunity to attend sessions with topics such as dementia, NICU feeding therapy, alcoholism and dysphagia, oral care, and more. It was educational and fascinating. I learned so many new things that will help me as I begin my career in this field. I am excited to implement techniques and methods I learned to use when treating individuals with language, speech, cognitive and swallowing disorders. In addition to attending sessions, I was able to meet other professionals in the field, ask them questions, and take advice for my future career. I am very grateful to Longwood for allowing me this opportunity, it was an unforgettable experience and I learned so much!
This past weekend, at the annual Speech Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference in Richmond, I had the privilege of networking with professionals and attending multiple sessions relevant to my career interests. It was inspiring and exciting to be surrounded by so many energized people who share the same interests I do and it was nice to be able to see my old Longwood professors and Longwood Alumni. The session I enjoyed the most was about integrating Augmentative and Alternative Communication with children who have Apraxia of Speech. I plan to use this new knowledge to help my clients. I look forward to meeting up with my peers and other professionals again at the SHAV conference next year!
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend my third annual Speech-Hearing-Association of Virginia (SHAV) conference held in Richmond, Virginia. During the conference, I attended several sessions focusing on augmentative and alternative communication, early language development, fluency, and autism. These sessions provided me with new knowledge, ideas, and insights into the careers of speech-language pathology and audiology. Between sessions, I networked with a variety of speech-language pathologists and graduate students from across Virginia. I was also able to attend the silent auction to benefit the Communication Disorders Foundation, where I won some materials that I look forward to using in my speech therapy sessions. I’m very thankful to have been able to attend this year’s conference and I plan to use the knowledge gained for years to come!
On March 16th and 17th 2017 I attended the 50th annual VSRA conference. This event took place in the downtown historic Roanoake Hotel. The day began with breakfast and our first session with Dr. Steven Layne. His session was called “In Defence of Reading-Aloud” What an amazing way to start the day! He spoke about the importance of reading exciting and influential texts out loud to students. I have always been in favor of reading aloud but his session defined the importance and bought me back to what being read a dramatic reading really felt like. I told my fellow classmates that his session alone would have been worth the trip. The rest of the day was just as great and flew by with multiple professional developments. I attended 4 more 60 minute sessions, where I learned about some of the best ways to work with student who test low in comprehension, new ideas for daily 5, growing great writers and more about concept of word. Two of the 4 sessions were presented by my Reading and Literacy professors. Watching them present publically at the VSRA conference was such a treat. I am very greatful to Longwood University for providing me with the funds and insight to attend such a fantastic event. I am also very thankful to attend a school that is so focused on furthering our education through authentic experiences such as state reading conferences. Thank you.