Reflecting after ASHA & A {GIVEAWAY}!

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Hey everyone!  If your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Feeds were anything like mine the last few days, they were filled with posts and pictures from ASHA.  I was fortunate enough to attend this years convention AND have a booth with 13 of my SLP Blogger friends!  My mind is still racing with excitement from all of the amazing SLPs I met, workshops I attended, social events, and much more.
file-nov-21-9-00-35-pm Attendance at the convention this year was record breaking!  To see so many professionals come together in one place in order to build, learn, and network with each other was truly heart warming.  I was also overwhelmed with the amount of people who stopped by our booth just to say “hi” and thank us for sharing therapy ideas through our blogs, creating functional materials/activities, offering support, and answering questions about lessons, techniques, etc.  I never in my wildest dreams expected to hear so many kind things from all of you.  As I sit here writing this post, and reflecting on ALL of my experiences, tears are filling up in my eyes.  Those are tears of JOY of course!
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All of the things I mentioned above are WHY I started blogging.  I wanted to be able to connect with people by sharing my ideas, asking/answering questions, brainstorming with other SLPs, and share my experiences whether good or bad.  It’s really important to me to be honest and get personal!  Some of the most memorable conversations I have had with other SLPs are about things that DIDN’T work in therapy and how it could be changed or improved for the next time.  We all know that therapy doesn’t always go according to plan so why not share those experiences and gain insight from the other professionals in our field!
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Now let’s chat more about ASHA!  Myself and the 13 other SLP Bloggers hosted a Meet & Greet Event Thursday evening.  There was a lot of planning that went into this event and I must say it 110% paid off!  Over 250 people attended our event (INSANE!!).  We were so fortunate to have had fabulous sponsors that graciously donated prizes to be given away to our attendees.  The time I had spent at the booth with these AMAZING ladies made me realize some things.  1.  No matter the distance between us, we are always there to support each other whether work related or things happening in our personal lives.  2.  We have a lot in common in regards to  blogging about our experiences as SLPs, the pleasure we get from creating functional therapy materials, and the love we have for our profession.  3.  These ladies have hearts of gold,  are outstanding SLPs, and are friends I will have for a lifetime!
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If you have ever been to an ASHA convention you know there are so many incredible workshops, seminars, and presentations offered.  There are literally sessions that cover just about every topic in our field!  I’m always looking for ways to expand my knowledge on preschool therapy, AAC, Autism as well as learning practical tips and tricks!  I have to give shout outs to the incredibly talented and brilliant women I shared the SLP Blogger booth with who presented during ASHA!  Danielle from Sublime Speech, Felice from The Dabbling Speechie, Jenna from Speech Room News, Natalie Synders, Rachel from The Queen’s Speech, Jessica from Constantly Speaking, and Hallie from Speech Time Fun all are rockstars in my book!  Getting up in front of hundreds of people and sharing their knowledge on various topics is just one more reason why SLPs are THE BEST!
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There are so many companies and businesses at ASHA which is just another amazing part of the convention.  I am still on cloud 9 after meeting the FABULOUS ladies from SLP Toolkit, Barbara from Smarty Ears/Smarty Symbols, Mai Ling from Yapp Guru, and many more.  I even got to meet up with my friend and former classmate from undergrad, Erik Raj!  The list could go on and on but believe me when I say, this was an experience I will NEVER EVER FORGET!
file-nov-21-9-03-32-pm Finally I want to share with you the two goals I have set for myself after all of the reflecting I have done about ASHA….1.  Be more diligent about writing blog posts.  This may sound silly but honestly it’s something I struggle with off and on and I need to remember why I started doing all of this.  My thought is if I can share my weekly therapy and work-related experiences (good or bad) with all of you, maybe we can help each other become stronger SLPs!  2.  Take advantage of workshops, webinars, and meeting other SLPs (in-person or online) to continue to learn and expand my knowledge.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post…..Now, let’s get to my GIVEAWAY!  All of the SLP Bloggers including myself handed out “swag” during our times at the booth.  I stashed away a few of my heart stress balls (who DOESN’T need a stress ball?!) to give to one of you!  But it doesn’t stop there….one lucky winner will also be getting some special edition FLAIR PENS AND a $25 TpT Gift Certificate!  Enter below for your chance to win it all.  This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST this Friday November 25th and the winner will be announced on Saturday!  GOOD LUCK!
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Lovely comments

  1. Jill says

    It’s inspiring to read this post. I unfortunately have never been to an ASHA convention. But I love hearing about all the other professionals in our field working together. 😄

    • Kristine says

      Hopefully you will be able to attend one in the near future! You would have just as great an experience as I did I’m sure of it!

  2. Jennifer S says

    I went to ASHA the last time it was in Philly, but only for one day as I was shopping around for grad schools 😊 I can’t wait to go again, hopefully when it comes to the West Coast next year (and hopefully you guys will be there again as well!)

  3. Lori Skattum says

    I appreciate all of the SLP bloggers! I learn so much from all of you! I hope to make it to ASHA sometime. I would love to win!

  4. Judy Hale says

    I did not go to ASHA this year, but I live in the OC, so will try to go to LA next year, as I’m probably retiring next year and it will likely be my last one 🙁 . I met Erik last year when I was in NJ to visit family–you are so lucky to have gone to school with him–he’s a Speech Superstar Rockstar in my book! I also know Felice and Rachel, they are amazing women! So glad for your fabulous convention!

  5. Hillary Finnegan says

    I wasn’t able to attend ASHA this year, but hope to next year while I am in the midst of my CFY. Each of the bloggers and tpt shops I follow are so helpful and encouraging even now as a graduate student. I hope to be able to meet you all sometime soon! Thanks so much for all you do for our field!

  6. Linda Burns Chirco says

    No, I didn’t attend. I’m always wishing & hoping to go next year. The full immersion in our profession, learning new things, seeing great ideas, and meeting fellow SLPs seems like a great time!

  7. Tiffany says

    I did attend ASHA, and like you said, it was awesome to see so many other professionals come together to learn and grow. It was a blast exploring the city, and I loved Reading Terminal Market!

  8. says

    Hello! I was not able to attend the ASHA Convention this year but I have attended a few of them in past years and they are awesome! I hope to attend the next convention in Boston, close enough for me to drive or take the train! Would love to meet so many great people!

  9. Megan Fitzgerald says

    I got to meet you briefly at ASHA! Your grab ‘n go materials have been the biggest life savers for me! Thank you thank you!

  10. Kristine says

    I’ve never been to ASHA conference. I have been to my state conference in Ohio a few times. I would love to go to ASHA in the future. P.S. I think it is awesome that we have the same first name 🙂

  11. Shannon Hughes says

    I attended my first ASHA conference this year! As a soon to be CFY, I feel so inspired to begin such an amazing career! I attended many seminars and presentations and gathered a lot of great information and insight from some wonderful SLPs!

  12. Lauren says

    I love your blog and all of your products, especially the Grab N Go ones! It was wonderful getting a first-hand account of your ASHA experience reading this post. I went years ago as an undergrad and it was AMAZING even then…before the blogging and TpT products were widely known! I am hoping to make it to Boston in 2018. PS- I have loved those heart stress balls ever since I saw them on your Instagram. Hoping I can be one of the lucky winners. Thank you, as always, for sharing your experience with all of us! 😀

  13. Danielle Towler says

    I am a undergraduate student and this was my first ASHA convention. My favorite part overal was the sense of excitement welcoming and community from all members of ASHA including speech language pathologists audiologists and bloggers. I truly felt this is where I belong. Thank you ❤️

  14. Lisa says

    I didn’t attend this year. I presented a poster session in Chicago and loved being at ASHA. I can’t wait to go back! Unfortunately, I’m in the schools and can’t always get approval to go.

  15. Annie G says

    I wasn’t able to go to Asha this year but I have been before. It was before I started following the blogging community so I would love to be able to go in the next couple of years to see everyone in person!

  16. Courtney says

    I wish I would have gone to ASHA! I went last year in Denver, but I think I would have gotten more out of it this year now that I read all of your blogs!! 🙂

  17. says

    I was not able to attend ASHA in Philly- I was home with my 3 month old :). I hope to be able to attend in the future, but I would LOVE it if they could drop the price a bit. It seems to be worth it according to your post though!

  18. Laura says

    I did not attend ASHA this year but hope to go in the future! I went 3 times as a student and had great experiences. 🙂

    • Kristine says

      I totally hear you Erin! This was my first time at ASHA believe it or not and was an amazing experience! Hope to meet you!!

  19. Kayla Knueppel says

    I wasn’t able to attend ASHA this year, but I loved my experience a couple years ago! There is something so magical about all of those SLPs in one building. I cannot wait to attend in the future! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  20. says

    I wasn’t able to attend this year, but I have attended two in the past (my favorite was New Orleans in 2001!) I’m hoping to make it to one in the next couple of years, and I would love to meet all of my favorite speech peeps!

  21. Carly says

    I was lucky enough to attend ASHA in Denver last year. It was an amazing experience. I hope to go back next year or some time soon!

  22. Hope Wilcox says

    I’ve never been and I would LOVE to go to ASHA!! I’m so jealous of all my “friends” who went and love hearing what they have to share from their experiences there. Someday I hope to be able to go.

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