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What the heck is ACSLPA ?

January 20, 2011

We’ve all heard about Trekies and Star trek conventions right? But have you heard about Speechies and ACSLPA?

As a student in the MSc SLP program at the University of Alberta, you have the opportunity to attend many different conferences related to the field of speech and language pathology throughout your two years of study. This November our class had the opportunity to attend The Alberta College of Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA) conference here in Edmonton. The conference covered topics such as, “Children with Poor Verbal Skills: Language and Memory Influences”, “What We Know and Don’t know About Deafness in Childhood” and “Development of Oral Language and Comprehension: Strategies and Mini Lessons that Will Work for Preschool to Grade 6”.  This conference is a mecca for all those interested in speech, language and audiology and you don’t have to dress up as your favorite tongue muscle! Here’s what some of our fellow first year Speechies had to say about the conference!

“With each presentation there were some great things to learn; from the importance of taking memory into account with language impairments, to the incredible amount of factors that need to be taken into consideration before a child receives a cochlear implant, and finally some great ideas and resources for language and literacy in schools”.

~Kayla

“The conference was worth going to just for the networking opportunities it provides. As a first year MScLP student, I was relieved to see that SLPs come in all shapes and sizes. There were all kinds of ages, personality types, skills, and abilities; and there were even a few guys”.

~Sarah

 

When asked if they would recommend attending the conference as a first year, Sarah had this to say:

“Why wouldn’t you go as a first year? The department and RMSA subsidize the cost, the food was amazing, and it only comes to Edmonton once during your program – take advantage of it! The conference is a learning experience in itself, learning about ACSLPA, learning what resources are available to you, learning what to expect from conferences… these are the sorts of learning experiences that will make you a more effective, well-rounded SLP”.

For more information on the Alberta College of Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists click here: http://www.acslpa.ab.ca/

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