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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

AT Symposium CollaborATe: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Assistive Technology through the Lifespan

FullSizeROn March 11th, I had the opportunity to attend sessions and present at the poster session during the second annual AT Symposium CollaborATe: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Assistive Technology through the Lifespan at VCU’s Children Hospital of Richmond.  While at the conference, I was able to learn more about a variety of assistive devices that can be used to communicate and to complete other daily tasks.   The conference included a presentation from a teenage assistive technology (AT) user and her mother.  The mother shared many personal stories about the teenagers experiences with AT which included sharing ideas of how to create and construct assistive devices with inexpensive materials.  Additionally, I learned about devices that involve low to no technology but are still assistive devices for communication.  I met several representatives from various non-profit organizations that allow people in need to trial products and purchase the supplies with a payment plan.  Furthermore, I was honored to have our group’s poster selected to be presented at the conference.  I met other professionals in the field of speech-language pathology and discussed various aspects of working as a speech-language pathologist. I am thankful to have had the chance to use the CGPS travel grant to attend and present at the AT conference.

SHAV Conference 2016

IMG_0776I had the opportunity to attend the Speech Hearing Association of Virginia Annual Conference in Chantilly, Virginia. While in attendance, I was able to meet other professionals in the field, and attend sessions and workshops. In these sessions, I was able to learn about a wide range of topics and was informed on the latest research. Some of the topics that I gained new information about were dysphagia, autism, core vocabulary with AAC devices, and many more. This was a fantastic opportunity and I am glad I was able to attend.


SHAV 2016 Conference

IMG_3196This year I had the privilege of attending the 2016 Speech-Language Hearing Association of Virginia’s annual conference. The conference was held in Chantilly, VA at the Westfields Marriott. I was in attendance from Thursday March 17th to Saturday March 19th and was able to sit in on 4 different seminar sessions.

Each of the sessions was very informative and full of new information to learn. I chose to attend a session on Language in the Classroom, Techniques for Eliciting /r/, Dysphagia, and Teaching Literacy through Art. I enjoyed each session, but especially the last one on Art and Literacy. The presenter was very knowledgeable and gave us several real-life scenarios in which we could use the techniques she was discussing.

I also presented a research poster at the student poster session. My poster was titled, “Impact of Linguistic Load on Syllable Control in Speech.” I completed the research project for my Speech Science course last school year and continued to work on finalizing my poster leading up to SHAV. I am very grateful for the opportunity to present at SHAV and look forward to similar opportunities in the future.

I am excited to return to SHAV next year and for many years to come!



SHAV Conference 2016

1918616_10209441034569880_2819895493770506714_nI recently attended the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia’s Annual Conference, Time for Change: Learn, Grow, Lead in Chantilly, Virginia. During this conference, I had the opportunity to attend workshops and guest lectures in order to learn about new and current research in the field of speech-language pathology. In addition to learning about current research, I gained new therapy techniques and established relationships with other professionals in the field. Lastly, this was a great bonding experience for my cohort to learn about speech-language pathology outside of the classroom.


SHAV Conference 2016

I had a great time attending the 2016 Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) Conference in Chantilly, Virginia. I attended sessions on voice therapy, AAC, autism, core vocabulary, and how to become licensed as a SLP.

I had the opportunity to help Dr. Aguilar (audiologist at Longwood University) with her session on audiology review. Through my graduate assistantship, Longwood is partnered with the VDDHH to provide assistive listening devices to qualified applicants. These devices can either be FREE or at a low cost. I love informing people about the different devices available, and I heard some great success stories about many of the devices I was showing!

SHAV Conference 2016

IMG_2157I 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.

SHAV Conference 2016

0318160924Last 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.


SHAV Conference 2016

12899505_10209185370814887_2059620591_o (1)I had the pleasure of attending the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia’s annual conference a few weeks ago. This was my first time attending as a graduate student, and I was able to take away valuable information from the conference. I attended sessions about Autism, AAC devices, and audiology. These sessions were very informative and allowed me to gain valuable knowledge, which will be helpful in my future career. I was even able to help one of my professors during her presentation demonstrate my knowledge of tympanometry (see picture). I am so thankful for Longwood’s Professional and Graduate Studies for allowing me this opportunity for professional development.

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