I'm back to reality after ASHA and I have to say, it was AMAZING! I had so much fun, so I decided to share a quick recap with all of you. If you were there (or have ever attended an ASHA convention), you probably understand how much fun it was. If you were unable to attend, hopefully you can live vicariously through all the posts myself and other bloggers have shared, and make plans to attend one in the future. It's definitely a great time [...]
I flew in to Denver on Wednesday evening and had the privilege of rooming with the fabulous Mandi from Panda Speech. It was too late to start the ASHA festivities, so we had some dinner and got settled into our room so we could be ready to go first thing Thursday morning.
Thursday started with the opening session, which was a great intro to ASHA. I enjoyed it very much and was just a tad disappointed to find out it didn't count for any CEUs (although since I'm a CF I still don't really NEED any CEUs yet). After the opening session I headed over to check out the exhibit hall, where I may or may not have stayed most of the day. It's just too easy to get caught up in all the fun of the booths and giveaways!
I enjoyed talking to different folks in the exhibit hall and entering all of the fun giveaways. I met some of the SLP Bloggers at their booth, stopped by Jen's Speech Therapy Fun booth, and posted a TON of pictures on Instagram. It was so fun to share my adventures and see what everyone else was up to. We all used #ASHA15 and could keep up with all the ASHA happenings that way. I posted so many that by the end of the convention, there were other exhibitors who started to recognize me and greeted me by "The Twang" (from my handle, Talkin' with Twang). It was a lot of fun. And, all of my running around the exhibit hall did pay off because I won a few giveaways. One of which was $100 iTunes card from The Speech Wizard. Thank you to them!
I also stopped by The Peachie Speechie's booth (several times) and picked up some great t-shirts and even got tattooed!
I also picked up some goodies to give away. Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can enter. Details will be posted soon.
Thursday night, we stopped by the SLP Bloggers meet and greet, which seemed to be a big hit! There was a nice crowd and tons of giveaways. Thanks to the SLP Bloggers for hosting that event and for the $10 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers I won.
On Friday, I did make a point to attend several sessions. I really liked the session I attended on using recasting to increase comprehensibility in students with Downs Syndrome. Very interesting.
I also got to help work the Smarty Symbols booth on Friday, which was a lot of fun. I just love Smarty Symbols and use them with my students as well as in my products, and it was an honor to be able to represent them at ASHA.
Friday night, we attended the ASHA Tweet Up with Gift of Gab Resources. That was a ton of fun and I got to meet the beautiful face behind @ashaweb on Instagram.
On Saturday, I attended a few more sessions and finished out the day wandering the exhibit hall and getting to know some of my fellow SLP friends. I also attended the closing party Saturday night, where I got to spend some time with Speech to the Core and some great ASHA and NSSLHA people.
The days flew by and my brain definitely felt over loaded and over stimulated at times, but I would go back in a second! I learned a lot, made some great friends, and got to take a glimpse into the vast world that is everything ASHA. I don't know if I will be able to attend every year, but I will definitely be back sometime in the future.
Did you attend ASHA? Feel free to share some of your experiences in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!