~ Written by Carmella McClure (Senior)
The California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) 2015 convention was held in Long Beach, California from March 5-8. Speech-Language pathologists (SLPs), Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs), and students from all over the state gathered to attend courses, exhibits, and award ceremonies.
Those who pre-purchased tickets for the student luncheon met together on Friday, March 6, at the Hyatt in Long beach. In addition to the delicious food served, selected graduate students were presented with scholarship awards. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Chief Executive Officer and CSHA President were there as well as California’s state district directors and director-elects, including our District 1 Director, Ellen Dodge and District 1 Director-Elect Katherine Staniszewski.
Attendants received raffle tickets in anticipation of the many prizes given away. San Francisco State University (SFSU) Communicative Disorders (CD) Program’s graduate student Maria Lysenko drew raffle tickets for the coveted prizes, and chose participants from the audience to draw numbers as well. The various prizes given out included: a variety of speech therapy supplies such as books, toys, gift cards, and many more, leading up to the grand prize, which was an iPad. Meg Shetty, a graduate from SFSU in 2014, won a canvas tote bag full of goodies such as “Listening Larry” and other therapy materials.
In between the raffle prize announcements, graduate students presented their research, including two of our own graduate students. Sylvia Soule presented, “The Effect of Type of Play on the Expressive Communication of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”, and Tim Runyon presented, “Function of Laughter from a Student with Autism”.
On Friday night, the District Award Ceremony was held, and one of SF State’s CD faculty, Laura Epstein was presented with the District 1 Outstanding Service Award! SF State’s undergraduate student, Lauren Camacho presented Meg Shetty with the District 1 Outstanding Student Award! Congratulations to Laura and Meg for all your hard work!
Faculty, District 1 committee, and students joined together to sing at the District Award Ceremony! Check out their video below.
On Saturday March 7th, two of our own SFSU faculty led education sessions. Dr. Patti Solomon-Rice, who is also the Chair of the ASHA Board of Ethics, led a poster session titled, “Do You Suspect Ethical Misconduct? What to Do – When, How and Why”. Dr. Betty Yu and Dr. Nidhi Mahendra, a CSU East Bay professor, jointly presented a session called “Language is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Nurturing Minority-Language Competence Among our Clients and Ourselves. In addition to Betty Yu’s session, I was able to attend many interesting courses such as, “Yes, But They Still Stutter in Conversation”, “Kimochis: Advancing Your Strategies and Intervention Tools for Children with Social Communication Disorders”, “Integrating iPad Into Your Therapy”, and “Everything You Need to Know About Being an SLP But Didn’t Learn in School”.
During the convention, the ballroom was open and full of exhibits and job recruiters. iPad app representatives, school districts, recruiters, and other speech therapy companies were present. Many were hiring audiologists, SLPs and/or SLPAs, and giving away prizes like pencils, pens, hand sanitizers, reusable bags, and some were raffling t-shirts and gift cards to give away.
CSHA is a great opportunity to network with other students and professionals in the field! If you didn’t know, students can even sign up to be a page and receive free registration in exchange for volunteering at the event. CSHA 2016 will be held in Monterey, CA on April 7-10. Hope to see you there!