SLP Corner: Creating a Great Schedule for #ASHA15

11th November, 2015

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I attend the ASHA convention most years.  While the beginning of the school year is a great time to replenish supplies and organize materials, by the time ASHA rolls around, and I’ve got a better idea of what my caseload is like, I’m ready to brush up on some new techniques and absorb the latest research.
If you don’t regularly attend, and even if you do, deciding what sessions to attend can be daunting.  Here’s my system.
Check out the short courses.  For years I ignored the short courses.  I foot the bill when I go to ASHA so the idea of paying an additional charge for a short course seemed ludicrous.  But I kept hearing other #SLPeeps rave about them and, I had to admit, the topics were often intriguing and I liked that they were more in depth.  So I tried it and grudgingly admit there’s value there.  The information is typically more advanced and there’s a lot more of it.  You receive all the handouts on CD.  The session feels complete.  (Sometimes I leave a 60 minute course with more questions than when I started.)  Because short courses are three hours long, this will dictate much of your plan for that day.
Login to the online Program Planner.  I’ll admit to a love/hate relationship with this thing, but you kind of have to do it.  I typically start by choosing a topic area and then the session format, filtering first by two hour then one hour sessions.  I save anything that looks interesting to me.  Note:  You will need to login to save your selections.  There are now mobile versions of the Planner available too which include exhibit hall info and maps.
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