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.