SHAV Conference 2018

I had the opportunity to attend the Speech-Language and Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) conference from March 22nd – 24th, in Williamsburg VA.

As an undergraduate student I had always heard about the SHAV conference and how it was a fantastic experience, it was great finally experiencing it for myself as a first year graduate student! I got to attend different sessions throughout the weekend and present my student research to SLPs across Virginia.

I attended 4 sessions: “Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders: Best practice for intervention,” “Integrating Early Intervention into the Classroom,” “Using Applied Behavior Analysis to increase session outcomes,” and “Getting started in Telepractice.” These sessions gave me insights to portions of our field that I have not had the chance to explore yet, and ideas for implementing practices into my current therapy sessions.

On Friday, my research team presented our poster in the Graduate Research Poster Session. 6 Longwood teams competed with other graduate-level students from CSD programs across the state. The poster session was great practice for presenting at Longwood’s Graduate Student Research Symposium in April. Professionals across the state gave my research team wonderful insights and got us thinking about new directions for future research.

I am excited to attend the SHAV conference as a fully licensed SLP in the not-too-far future!

SHAV 2018

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference with my graduate cohort in the Longwood Communication Sciences & Disorders graduate program. During my experience at this event, I was able to hear from leading professionals in our field about their research and experience treating patients, and many taught us new tips and tricks that we can apply in therapy to achieve better outcomes with patients. I was able to network with professionals across the state and learn about their careers and positions as speech language pathologists in different areas of our field. During my attendance at SHAV, I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to present the research that I have been working on with my cohort members TIa Javier, Kristen Knowsley, and Rachel Pegelow. During our presentation, we were able to hone the professional skills we have learned while in our program here at Longwood. Overall, I had an absolutely amazing and eye-opening experience at SHAV this year, and I am so thankful that the professors in my program here at Longwood were so encouraging and supportive in this research and presentation experience!

Katie Lester’s awesome experience at the SHAV conference!

I had a wonderful educational experience attending the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) conference in Williamsburg, VA last week. This conference presented the latest research, trends, and challenges present in the dynamic field of speech-language pathology. I attended several speaker sessions, but my favorite presented on telepractice. This exciting session outlined the many considerations for a clinician interested in incorporating telepractice. This conference also had a poster presentation session where my cohort and I presented our research projects. These research projects have taken months to complete and it was so rewarding to stand in front of our finished posters and present. Plus, a group in my cohort won first place out of over 20 research projects! Overall, I found this experience to be very empowering and I can’t wait to attend again in the future.

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