ASHA Schools Recap
The ASHA Schools Conference was held in Milwaukee, WI this year—land of cheese and beer! Not being much of a beer drinker, I didn’t get that benefit from my visit, but the cheese curds were delightful! Jennifer Abrams, the opening session speaker, presented “Finding Your Voice for What Matters Most.” She emphasized how each one of us can be the voice of change when advocating for individuals with communication disorders. Her “quick scripts for having hard conversations” will come in handy when interacting with parents, supervisors, and co-workers to help everyone work well with others to enable positive, productive change.
Presentations throughout the three days covered many topics, ranging from assessment and intervention for diverse students (e.g. autism, culture of poverty), technology, autism, school funding, fluency, swallowing—too many to cover in a brief update. Several of our Pearson authors presented, including Joan Arvedson (co-author of Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies), Craig Coleman (who collaborated with Scott Yaruss on the age 7-17 sections of the OASES), and Laura Justice (editor of our latest volume of EBP Briefs). Each registrant at the conference received a free copy of Volume 6 of EBP Briefs, a journal showing how any SLP can integrate evidence-based practice in their daily work with students.