Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) annual conference, which was held in RIchmond, VA this year. At this conference, I made connections in the professional field by volunteering to serve at registration and to assist with any other needs during the conference. For instance, I made some connections with teachers in a local school district where I am from, interviewed with them the following week, and am happy to say I am employed! This conference was such a good networking opportunity as a student, but as an outgoing student, soon-to-be clinician, it was also an educational opportunity as I attended several seminars on various topics within the field of Speech-Language Pathology of which I was interested. For example, I attended a seminar on bilingual students and learned how to better served them based on their cultural and linguistic differences and preferences. I look forward to attending SHAV 2018 as a Speech-Language Pathologist!
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia Conference (SHAV) in Chantilly, VA. I spent two full days immersed in learning in various areas of Speech-Language Pathology. As you can tell by the photo, I was overly ecstatic to be able to wear a ribbon in honor of being a future clinician. As an attendee of the SHAV, I was able to select which sessions I wanted to attend from a pool of more than several dozen presenters. I chose to further my understanding and knowledge of the following topics: Autism, selecting core vocabulary for nonverbal students, the relation of swallowing to pneumonia, and so much more. I also learned a lot about how to become a clinician following graduate school. I was overjoyed that my entire cohort attended the conference, representing our University with 100% attendance. I am so thrilled to be part of a field that encourages continuing education; one in which Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists continuously strive to keep up with changing technology and research while always bettering themselves as service providers.