Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the SHAV annual conference in Chantilly. While at the conference, I had a chance to help with an audiology review for attendees. This review was intended to help SLPs refresh their memory when it comes to what we, as a profession, can do in regards to hearing aids, hearing screenings, and results from an evaluation with an audiologist. My job was to review case histories with the attendees and help them understand how to interpret the results to a client. Though I did not have the most “exciting” task during the review (it’s hard to compete with fancy gadgets), I was excited to see that people were interested in learning more about what the results mean and that I was the one who was able to help explain everything to them.
Attending the conference was a very rewarding experience. In addition to helping during conference, I was able to attend many different sessions and learn more about our field. I learned more about how to effectively use an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) device in therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders. It was neat to see my cohort excited about what we were learning at the conference and sharing new ideas and knowledge with everyone. I look forward to attending this conference, and many others like it, to help me learn and grow as a professional.