Communication Sciences & Disorders

J. Taylor at SHAV Conference!!!

Hello Longwood Students, Faculty, and Staff!!

My name is Jalyn Destene Taylor and I am a first year Graduate student in the speech language pathology program. I am originally from Philadelphia, PA and I have found that I love the small town of Farmville, VA and the Longwood University community. I attended the 60th Annual Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference from March 22nd to March 24th, 2018 in Williamsburg, VA. I learned a lot during the seminars that I attended during the conference. I look forward to using my new knowledge about pediatric dysphagia and feeding therapy, collaborating with other professionals when it comes to working in the schools, and integrating tele-practice into my future work as a speech language pathologist. Another thing that I did during SHAV was a poster presentation with my parters, Seraphina Chabinec and Leah Horton about Vocal Hygiene pertaining to Physical Education Majors. To our delight, we won the first place prize out of 22 posters during the convention!!! Above are some pictures of me and my partners from the convention with our stunning poster. It was such a wonderful experience and I would love to attend next year!

SHAV Conference 2018

SHAV was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to go many different presentations to further my education in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The presentations that were of interest to me included Social Pragmatics Communication Disorders: Best Practices for Intervention, Supporting Students with Communication Deficits in Social Participation, Social Language Skills Training Within School-Based Curriculum, Getting Started in Telepractice for the SLP and Intensity of Treatment in Aphasia: More Than One Definition.  In addition to going to these presentations, I had the opportunity to present a poster with my group on whether speaking fundamental frequency influences ratings of speaker competence and social attractiveness. Although we did not place in the poster competition, it was a wonderful experience being able to present our research to professionals and being able to look at other graduate programs research posters. It was interesting to look at the different interests regarding research topics between the graduate programs. Overall, I feel like I have furthered my education in many areas because of the SHAV conference. I am not from Virginia, but I hope that my home state has a similar type of conference so that I can further my knowledge in Speech Language Pathology. This is a field that is always changing. It is important that SLPs go to these conferences to stay in tune with current information in all the areas of Speech Language Pathology.

SHAV 2018

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference with my graduate cohort in the Longwood Communication Sciences & Disorders graduate program. During my experience at this event, I was able to hear from leading professionals in our field about their research and experience treating patients, and many taught us new tips and tricks that we can apply in therapy to achieve better outcomes with patients. I was able to network with professionals across the state and learn about their careers and positions as speech language pathologists in different areas of our field. During my attendance at SHAV, I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to present the research that I have been working on with my cohort members TIa Javier, Kristen Knowsley, and Rachel Pegelow. During our presentation, we were able to hone the professional skills we have learned while in our program here at Longwood. Overall, I had an absolutely amazing and eye-opening experience at SHAV this year, and I am so thankful that the professors in my program here at Longwood were so encouraging and supportive in this research and presentation experience!

SHAV 2018

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 60th SHAV Conference in Williamsburg, VA. Throughout the weekend, I was able to attend several sessions focusing on effectively using AAC devices, both low- and high-tech, and including AAC users in social situations. One of my main interests lies in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and I am currently one of the student clinicians running a social group that includes AAC users. Having the chance to hear from professionals specializing in this area of the field was one of the highlights of my trip and I definitely got some ideas to use with my students.

My research partners and I also had the opportunity to present the study we had been working on since last semester as part of SHAV’s Poster Presentations. While we knew our study front-to-back, explaining it to professionals in the field and answering questions about our reasons, methods, and results was nerve-racking! The presentation room was huge and we spoke to more people than I remembered to count. However, we are very happy to say that after a lot of hard work, we took home first place out of the 22 posters presented!


Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia


Poster presentation at SHAV 2018.

On Thursday, March 22nd and Friday, March 23rd I had the pleasure of attending the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia annual conference in Williamsburg, VA. This conference was an extremely beneficial educational experience. I expanded my knowledge on supervisor and making the most of the internship process as a student. I also gain insight into the relationships between speech-language pathologists and nurses in hospital setting during the collaborative care of adults with dysphagia. A highlight of the conference for me was a session that looked at the multifaceted treatment of children was multiple disabilities in a clinical environment. Three professionals from different disciplines presented this session and it was very well done. On Friday, I had the opportunity to present a poster summarizing research that my partners had been preparing since August. I am very thankful for this experience.

SHAV Conference 2017

17362680_1240098646076637_9220536100894083015_nI had a wonderful time during my recent trip to the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia’s annual conference in Richmond, Virginia. I took part in activities every day of the conference, which took place March 22-25. I attended several sessions about the various aspects of speech-language pathology. The sessions will help me with my current clients and they provided me with information and techniques that will assist me to serve my future clients. The sessions enabled me to learn more in depth information about licensing, professional development, language disorders, neonatal intensive care unit feeding strategies, dysphagia (both pediatric and adult), and aphasia. I was able to apply what I have been learning from my classes and clinic to understand the research and the methods the speakers were presenting. In addition, I presented at the student poster session where I was awarded first place for the research related to my thesis! The conference was a marvelous opportunity to learn from professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists and interact with my future colleges. I look forward to attending the conference next year.

SHAV Conference 2017


Longwood students at SHAV 2017

This past weekend I had the pleasure and opportunity to attend the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia’s (SHAV) annual conference from March 23th-25th. This was my second time attending the conference. Not only does SHAV provide attendees with the opportunity to gain continuing education related to a wide variety of topics, it also allows for networking with different organizations and professionals in the field of speech language pathology. I found this to be of utmost importance, as I will be entering the field in August. Besides networking, I attended a variety of presentations at SHAV. I learned a lot about reading comprehension, especially as it applies to the school setting. I felt as though these sessions complemented the information I was taught at Longwood University and helped to further my knowledge and skills related to this area. Besides two sessions related to literacy, I attended a sessions related to social communication disorders and different models of service delivery in a school setting. My favorite aspect about these sessions is that they were all extremely practical and contained information that I can use with my current clients and/or future clients. When the conference came to a close, I found myself thinking that I cannot wait to attend next year and for many years after that. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend the SHAV 2017

SHAV Conference 2017

IMG_3525Recently 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!

SHAV 2017

IMG_5210On March 24th, I attended the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference in Richmond, VA. I sat in on a variety of sessions throughout the day. The first two were in regards to a multimodal approach for intervention with children using AAC. I also attended an afternoon session about the basics of intervention for those with autism, and visited the student poster presentations. Throughout the day, I learned valuable new information that I can incorporate into my own therapy techniques. I look forward to returning to SHAV in future years!


SHAV Conference 2017

SHAVOn March 23rd-25th, I attended the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference in Richmond, Virginia. This was my second time attending the conference and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I was able to see my classmates and we were able to discuss our clinical placements, as well as share information regarding different therapy techniques we have learned this semester. I also was able to network and meet fellow speech-language pathologists in Virginia. This year, I attended many lectures regarding the geriatric population. I attended lectures about dysphagia, both treatment and evaluation, and about cognitive impairments within skilled nursing facilities and acute hospitals. My favorite lecture was “True” Dysphagia vs. Cognitive Impairment: Exploring Mealtime Impairments in Dementia. At this lecture, I learned that there are many signs and symptoms related to dementia. The dining environment may be a confusing place for someone who has dementia, causing difficulty at meal time. The lecture provided different techniques to utilize during dining experiences in order to prevent aspiration and/or penetration. I learned extremely useful information at SHAV that I know I will use in my future career as a speech-language pathologist.




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