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I had the opportunity this past week to attend the 2017 Speech-Hearing-Language Society of Virginia (SHAV) Conference: “Every Day Leaders Lifelong Learners.” This is my third time attending the state conference for speech-language pathologists, and every year reminds me why I chose Longwood University. The professors encourage us to become active in the professional community and lead by example. They all attend and many present every year. I am confident when I enter the field that they will be there to support me at community events, such as the SHAV conference.
I had the pleasure of attending SHAV for the second time in 2015. As a second year graduate student with all of my coursework and nearly all of my practicum hours complete, I felt even more connected to this year’s conference. I was able to readily participate in discussions with other professionals, ask questions, and collect information that I know for certain I will use as I begin my career as a speech-language pathologist following graduation. I attended sessions related to incorporating grade-level vocabulary in speech therapy sessions, using effective tools for AAC evaluation, and including students directly in the development of IEP goals. I came home with a bag full of resources and notes that will be incredibly valuable to me as I begin my career. I also attended a session directed toward graduate students to review and expand on aspects of professionalism, resume writing, and interviewing skills. I found this lecture to be particularly useful as I am beginning to apply and interview for positions in my area. I look forward to attending SHAV annually as a licensed SLP!!