I am so pleased to report about the wonderful rejuvenating experience I had attending the National Convention for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in Philadelphia last month. I attended intensive courses on a variety of fascinating topics. I learned so much, and took home valuable information that I have already begun applying with my clients to enhance the quality of my service.
I learned new techniques for the dynamic assessment of phonology; explored methods to more accurately measure speech intelligibility and therefore better gauge the efficacy of my treatment plan; discovered a variety of ways to improve the social thinking skills of students with high-functioning autism; more sensitive means for screening infants as young as 12 months old for autism along with effective remediation strategies for kids even at such a young age; as well as information on the most current evidence-based language therapy approaches. The list goes on!
It was so refreshing being in the thick of the newest, most cutting-edge information, and I returned full of zest and appreciation for my work, and the contribution I’m able to make to the lives of the little ones and families that I work with.
It was also exciting to be able to re-connect with old friends and classmates, professors, to meet researchers in the field, and make new friends that all can continue to enrich my skills. I even got to visit the Liberty Bell!!