I’d never been to an ASHA Schools conference before, and I was missing out! As an SLP and Learning Specialist who works with a school-aged population, I’ve often found the Annual ASHA conference overwhelming, irrelevant, and hit-or-miss. The ASHA Schools conference was an entirely different experience: speakers were primarily or all invited, sessions were longer, and everything was current, evidence-base and relevant to my work (egocentric as I am, that latter point made me most excited!). Favorite sessions included: Melissa Malani’s tech session, and everything Julie Masterson and Kenn Apel did. Specific notes and links about take-always from those sessions to come!
Until then, please have a look at the poster I presented, and its handout. I presented about how Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) can help struggling writers. It was such a pleasure to speak with everyone who stopped by– everyone was passionate, brought interesting experience, and was ready to learn. I loved it! There was also a clear need for evidence-based writing instruction; many SLP’s confessed they had avoided addressing writing because they did not feel they had been adequately trained in that area, so folks were thrilled to have information and resources about how to address writing.