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November 22, 2011

ASHA Convention 2011

Although the sun did not shine as much as I hoped in San Diego during the 2011 ASHA Convention last week, I brought back a wealth of information and made many new connections from across the country and world.  I attended workshops across a wide array of topics, without focusing solely on one area.  I attended sessions about private practice with a focus on business management, a course on new HIPPA regulations as they relate to the HITECH regulations for electronic transmission of Private Health Information (PHI), and a workshop focusing on Social Thinking presented by the creators of the SuperFlex program – Stephanie Madrigal, Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke.  I also attended a class on Theory to Practice for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) which was presented by Edith Strand, Larry Shriberg, and Maria Grigos.  It is always a nice treat to listen to Dr. Shriberg during his lectures.  He was my professor for the phonology courses I took at UW Madison and has lent me an incredible amount of knowledge to share with my patients who present with phonological processes.  He is a legend in this field and continues to add valuable research which is used to further enhance understanding of diagnostics and intervention of communication disorders.

In a haphazard way, I was also fortunate enough to bump into one of my graduate school professors from Washington State University where I attended from ’98-‘00.  When I saw this professor we chatted for a bit and I told him to never stop mentioning to his graduate students a simple message he said on the first day of class our 2nd year.  He said to all of us, “I know you are all excited to be in your 2nd year now.  However, if you think that when you graduate this spring you are done learning about and within the field, you should walk out of this room right now. Continuing education will be the key to your success as a speech-language pathologist.”  This particular professor was so grateful I shared this with him.  I told him that for the past 11.5 years since graduating I think of this upon entering any continuing education workshop.  Continuing education is essential in this field as things are always changing with new and innovative ideas coming to the therapy and diagnostic tables across all etiologies.

Although the sun did not shine but one day and the temps were not THAT far off from home, it is OK, because I was in class 🙂 .

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