shav pictureI am grateful to have recently attended the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference this spring.  I was able to attend multiple sessions, including one for infant feeding and swallowing, as well as communication and Autism. The infant feeding and swallowing session, “Feeding Therapy for Babies in the Gray,” had really piqued my interest in the world of Pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. I learned different food consistencies for children, signs/symptoms to look for in childhood Dysphagia, as well as evidence-based treatment strategies. Furthermore, I am happy that I had the opportunity to network at the convention, and meet several recruiters and venders from various companies and organizations.  I’m sure those contacts will be of great use after graduation.  The SHAV convention was a wonderful opportunity to learn and network, and I’m sure that I will return next year.


Aja Walker