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VSRA Conference

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VSRAOn March 16th-18th, I attended the 50th Annual Virginia State Reading Association conference in Roanoke, Virginia. The conference had sessions on every aspect of literacy imaginable. One of the great highlights of the conference was key note speaker, Steven Layne. He was there to discuss his newest book, In Defense of  Read-Aloud. The lecture was both motivating and informational as he shared his arguments for the case of the read-aloud as being an essential practice for students in grades in grades K-8. I also attended a hands-on session that modeled how to combine literacy with STEM by providing students with opportunities to collaboratively solve problems that were presented in picture books. In addition, I learned how to build student comprehension by teaching them to predict, question, clarify, and summarize while reading. I came home with not only new ideas, but also some great (and free!) materials to use in my classroom. Overall, the conference was an enriching experience and I look forward to attending next year!

 

AT Symposium CollaborATe: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Assistive Technology through the Lifespan

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FullSizeROn March 11th, I had the opportunity to attend sessions and present at the poster session during the second annual AT Symposium CollaborATe: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Assistive Technology through the Lifespan at VCU’s Children Hospital of Richmond.  While at the conference, I was able to learn more about a variety of assistive devices that can be used to communicate and to complete other daily tasks.   The conference included a presentation from a teenage assistive technology (AT) user and her mother.  The mother shared many personal stories about the teenagers experiences with AT which included sharing ideas of how to create and construct assistive devices with inexpensive materials.  Additionally, I learned about devices that involve low to no technology but are still assistive devices for communication.  I met several representatives from various non-profit organizations that allow people in need to trial products and purchase the supplies with a payment plan.  Furthermore, I was honored to have our group’s poster selected to be presented at the conference.  I met other professionals in the field of speech-language pathology and discussed various aspects of working as a speech-language pathologist. I am thankful to have had the chance to use the CGPS travel grant to attend and present at the AT conference.

VACES Conference

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Thanks to Longwood the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, I was able to attend and present at the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES) conference! This was a one day conference in Norfolk, VA at Old Dominion University where all presenters were counseling students. It was a great experience to see the work my peers were doing and to experience presenting professionally for the first time. Unfortunately, I pulled the earliest time slot to present but we made it through! My work was entitled: Advocating for Atheist Clients in the Counseling Profession and is a presentation I hope to take to other conferences and have published as well. Thank you Longwood, CGPS, and all of the Counseling Department for your support and this opportunity.

Assistive Technology Symposium 2017

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OATSymposiumn Saturday, March 11, 2017, I attended and presented at the Assistive Technology Symposium called CollaborATe: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Assistive Technology through the Lifespan at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. As a speech-language pathology student, I focus a lot on assistive technology as augmentative and alternative communication and forget about other types of technology that can help individuals. I liked being able to hear from a teenager who uses several types of assistive technology and from her mother about cheap, effective ways to create assistive technology for her daughter. I also attended a session on GoogleChrome extensions that can be used in the classroom to help those with reading and writing difficulties. This was an interesting perspective because using extensions allows for more flexibility and variety than some of the standard software programs. Finally, I presented a poster, titled Accuracy of Speech Recognition Software (Apple versus Samsung): A Pilot Study, along with four of my peers. This project was conducted during our augmentative and alternative communication course, so it was nice to be able to share our results with professionals.

2017 AT Symposium, Reflection by Meredith Peck

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ATSymposiumThanks to the CGPS travel grant, I had the pleasure of both attending and presenting during the poster session of the the second annual AT Symposium CollaborATe: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Assistive Technology through the Lifespan at VCU’s Children Hospital of Richmond. I learned about various costs, uses, and implementation of assistive technology as well as listened to consumers of that technology. I met many individuals from the field of speech-language pathology who I admire and who offered helpful advice for my professional future. Additionally, I presented research from a collaboration with my peers in which we compared the text-to-speech software of an Apple and a Samsung device. The project bolstered my understanding of the research process and gave me further presentation experience. I am grateful to have the had the opportunity.

 

VAASL Conference 2016

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img_5603Recently I was fortunate enough to attend the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) conference in Norfolk, VA. The conference took place over the course of three days with a wide variety of breakout sessions each day. Some of the sessions were for professional development while others were to help guide new librarians, such as myself. I learned about great apps to use with students in math and science, the importance of diverse books in the library, how to create student centered libraries at the elementary level, ways to engage students in the library, the importance of inquiry based learning, the future of school libraries and these were just a small fraction of the numerous breakout sessions available to attendees. There were amazing authors who shared their love of writing and books with us, and also keynote speakers who engaged us and talked of the future of school libraries. It was an honor to be able to attend this conference and be amongst this awesome group of individuals. I look forward to attending many more conferences in the future and continuing to learn and grow professionally from this group.

ASHA Convention 2016

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ashaThis year I had the privilege of attending the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual conference. The conference was held in Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Convention Center. I was in attendance from Thursday, November 17th to Saturday, November 19th and was able to sit in on 7 different seminar sessions.

Each of the sessions was very informative and full of new information to learn. A few of the topics discussed included behavioral regulation, core vocabulary, eliciting /r/, and strategies for articulation therapy.  I enjoyed each session, but especially the one on behavioral regulation and how important it is for a child to obtain before academic gains can be made.  The presenter was very knowledgeable and gave us several real-life scenarios in which we could use the techniques she was discussing.

I also presented a case study poster about a previously served client with three of my CSD peers. Our poster was titled, “Supporting Intelligibility in a Russian Speaking Adult with Repaired Cleft Palate.” I am very grateful for the opportunity to present at ASHA and look forward to similar opportunities in the future.

I am excited to return to the ASHA Convention for many years to come!

American Speech Hearing Association Convention

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img_6883This past weekend, at the annual American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Philadelphia I had the privilege of presenting two posters. In-between presenting my posters, I had time to go to multiple sessions, explore the overwhelming exhibit hall, talk to future possible employers about my professional interests, and even explore some of Philadelphia. It was inspiring and exciting to be surrounded by so many energized people who share the same interests I do. It was also encouraging to listen to experienced professionals talk about specific articulation therapy targets that I struggle treating at my externship placement. I learned new strategies to help 3rd grade and older students acquire the challenging “r” sound. I look forward to implementing these new strategies with my clients. I will be sure to attend the ASHA convention again in the near future!

ASHA Conference 2016

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My name is Moriah Chapman and I am a second year graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Longwood University. I recently went to the American Speech-Langauge-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Philadelphia, PA. I along with other graduate students presented at the Poster session. Our poster was titled “Supporting Intelligibility in a Russian Speaking Adult with Repaired Cleft Palate”. We completed the research over the course of six months at the Speech, Hearing, and Language Services clinic at Longwood University.

During the ASHA Convention, I attended many lectures and sessions regarding different issues that were related to speech-language pathology. One session that I found helpful was about the correct production and remediation of the “r” sound. I found all of the sessions and lectures to be helpful and I gained some helpful information from them. Overall, I greatly enjoyed my experience at the ASHA Convention!

ASHA Conference 2016

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Dr. Kellyn Hall and Joyanna Struzzieri presenting their poster at ASHA.

Dr. Kellyn Hall and Joyanna Struzzieri presenting their poster at ASHA.

Kelsey Dunbar and Joyanna Struzzieri had the opportunity to meet author and AAC user Martin Pistorius after his presentation.

Kelsey Dunbar and Joyanna Struzzieri had the opportunity to meet author and AAC user Martin Pistorius after his presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attending the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA) national conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania proved to be an amazing experience for me that has impacted my future practice as a speech-language pathologist. I presented data from my ongoing research at a poster session. During the session, several attendees came to the poster to provide me with encouragement and advice for my research. To further my knowledge about speech-language pathology, I attended several sessions every day on anatomy, language, feeding and swallowing that will aid me when I graduate next year. I also obtained hands on experience practicing endoscopy with experts. In addition, I had the opportunity to meet some celebrities of my profession, including bestselling author and AAC user Martin Pistorius and Parkinson’s Disease voice expert Dr. Lorraine Ramig. The conference was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn information that will aid me as a professional and the experience will stay with me forever.

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