Reflections on Learning

Also known as … wait? It’s MY fault he’s not learning?

I recently attended a webinar by Presence Learning that was part of their Agents of Change series. Before I go any further, I’d like to suggest that each one of you (if you’re an SLP or Teacher) go to their website and sign up for the newsletters so that you also receive notifications of their free CEUs. The information presented is typically very useful AND they’re repeating the series called Greatest Hits Summer Series (Grandin, Prizant, Robertson, Burns, and more).

Okay…Now that that’s done (You DID do it, right?)… here are my thoughts about one I attended recently. Continue reading

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ASHA2014: EBP or Pseudoscience?

I’m not attending ASHA 2014 this year (very much to my dismay). I wanted to go…I had planned to go…and then one thing after another conspired so that I couldn’t. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not on my mind .. a lot.

First, and foremost, I’m going to miss the #SLPeeps.  SLPeepsLogoWhiteThis will be the first ASHA I’ve missed since we became really active on twitter and I miss connecting with established friends and meeting new friends in real-life. Not to mention they have some really fun activities planned.

But… as fabulous as the #Slpeeps are, they’re not the only reason I have ASHA on my mind (and if you don’t know how fabulous we are, you should check us out on twitter).

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Adventures in humility

Alternately known as What Do You Mean, You Don’t Know What You’re Doing?

Yes…you read that right.

I was recently blessed to attend a wonderful convention in my state at my old university. I met up with a few of my classmates and professors and had a wonderful time. (I also live tweeted the conferences – two different conferences, two days, two speakers and with a bit of drama involved – but that’s another blog post!). In one of my conversations with a friend of mine (Hi Janna!) I was talking about some experiences I had at the #ASHA12 conference in Atlanta. 20130214-182550.jpg

Part of that conversation was how incredibly overwhelmed I felt at the conference. Not because of the conference itself, it wasn’t my first ASHA conference, I fully expected the seemingly millions (okay thousands) of attendees, long lines, messed up bathrooms, and all of that. I felt overwhelmed for a completely different reason…because I was a fake.  Continue reading

Adventures with Research

Affectionately known as Adventures with CEUs

Alternately known as What do you mean it’s not EBP? They’re ASHA CEUs!

Every so often a situation arises where a person is slapped alongside the head with a clue by four. We have all had those “duh!” moments where we realize that a basic principle of life is not quite what we expected…if we’re lucky we also find out why.

There have been a couple of those slaps for me recently, and I thought I’d share them with you in the hopes that you can learn from my experiences.  Continue reading

Essential Social Media Tools for the SLP: A letter from a founding member of the #SLPeeps

At the recent ASHA convention, I was proud to volunteer at the Social Medial Learning Center booth.  At the booth we talked about why it is imperative SLPs understand and embrace the world of social media that is taking our profession by storm. Whether you want to interact daily or prefer to sit back and read, social media has become an invaluable resource for communicating with colleagues and staying on top of recent research and trends.

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The Pediastaff booth and Learning Lab were both quite popular at ASHA12 and visitors expressed an interest in learning more that they could take home with them to digest at their leisure.  We anticipated that this would be the case, so several of the “#SLPeeps,” together with Heidi Kay at PediaStaff, co-authored and produced a simple e-book that we would like to share with you as a blog hop.

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Adventures with ASHA, Smarty-Ears, and Pediastaff

It’s hard to believe that it’s only two weeks until ASHA 2012. Things have been absolutely swamped for me.

I’ve only just returned from New Mexico. I was blessed (and honored) to be invited to present at the New Mexico Speech Hearing Association (NMSHA). I presented on using iPads in therapy – and demonstrated many apps. I was lucky enough to have several app codes to give away to some lucky winners too! Let me tell you too… Those people at NMSHA they know how to … Continue reading