ASHA 2012

I was really excited when I was selected to become an official ASHA blogger.  I blog anyway, so it was nice to get an official title.  I had planned on blogging a little everyday, but things have been crazy and before I know it, it’s time for bed.  I decided to go ahead and blog on Friday, the next to last day of the convention!

One of the main things I hear throughout the convention is either how do you incorporate Twitter into therapy or so how do you use Twitter.  It seems there is either a lot of resistance to Twitter or people just really have no idea how to use it or how to get started.

When thinking about my blog, I thought about writing about my trip here, the sessions I attended, that kind of thing, but I think I’ll save that for later and write about Twitter.

I started my Twitter account about 2 or 3 years ago, around the time of my first ASHA convention in 2012.  As much as I enjoyed the convention, I really didn’t socialize a lot or leave my hotel room other than going to sessions.   Through that convention, I started getting more involved in Twitter and started forming friendships on Twitter.

The 2011 convention was so much better having such a large group of friends to spend time with and share my ASHA convention excitement.

This year has been a whole new experience.  I have a much larger group of friends, a really great roommate and amazing opportunities coming my way, thanks to Twitter.

How do I use Twitter?  I use it in so many different ways.   I ask and answer therapy questions through Twitter.  We have a whole network of SLPs called the #SLPeeps.  We have a specialty person in various areas,  whether they be literacy, fluency, technology, apps or dysphagia.  

I use Twitter to announce changes to my website, new blog posts, exciting news like earning my BRS-S, post links to videos or websites that I find relevant or interesting.

I use Twitter to share important information at ASHA from sessions that I attend, or CEU events that I attend outside of ASHA.  If I find a really great session, I share that.  If I find a new product, I’m excited to talk about it and let others know.

So many people say they don’t have time for Twitter.  I have Twitter on my phone and on my iPad, allowing me to post a Tweet any time of the day.  I can post on Twitter in a few minutes.  It’s really only as time-consuming as I allow it to be.

When I talk to people about Twitter, I tell them that’s it’s an excellent learning opportunity for me and a way that I have met many new friends that I may not have met otherwise.    I proudly wear my iTweet and SLPeeps ribbons on my badge and tell everyone that asks me about Twitter that it has been one of the most life-changing opportunities I have experienced.

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