Friday, January 31, 2014

TSHA Info!

Hey, everyone!

Here's some info on the TSHA conference happening Thurs, Feb 27th - Sat, Mar 1st in Houston. If you decide you're interested, please sign up to attend our TSHA info meeting on Tues, Feb 11th in JGB 2.324. Deadline to sign up to go with us is Feb 12th!!!

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TSHA 2014 is a conference for both speech language pathologists and audiologists. It stands for the Texas Speech and Hearing Association convention and is held in Houston this year. There are over 150 presentations during the conference. As we go as NSSLHA members, we have the freedom to choose which presentations and programs we want to go to! Generally, we divide into groups as desired of who wants to go to which program and regroup as needed.

The conference hosts a variety of topics, including bilingualism vs monolingualism therapy, stuttering, swallowing, auditory brainstem implant, cochlear implants, stroke, music therapy, motor speech disorders, play therapy, down syndrome, autism, cleft palate, storytelling therapy, and various other topics related to SLP or AUD. The conference brings in many different speakers from across the country to provide the best information for the groups attending. In addition, there are many breaks during the conference where we are free to go to the exhibition hall and visit sponsors of TSHA. This part is really fun, even as a student!

Each year, sponsors and other exhibitors give away free stuff, and often times allow you to use technology that is for the field that you would otherwise never have the experience, like in a classroom setting. For example, certain types of technology is available, like the speech easy, use for stuttering. Also, there are companies giving out free popcorn, free cookies, and TSHA even host a chocolate hour as a break one day! This convention is a great place to network, especially if you're a senior looking for a job (even as an SLPA,) and is actually a place that you will get education in short courses along the line in your career.

Because the conference is in Houston this year, if you are from Houston, you are more than welcome to stay at your home and meet us at the convention center in downtown Houston. For those leaving and from Austin and coming back to Austin, we will have carpooling worked out on the Google doc. Please sign up if you are able to drive, how many people use her car holds, or if you will be needing a ride to the conference.

TSHA does require some fees. NSSLHA will pay for registration for everyone that is wanting to attend. If you are an active member in NSSLHA in the fall, we will be paying for your hotel. What NSSLHA pays for is also based on the number of people that signed up to attend the conference and end up going. This information will be sent out later and we have more details to inform you of. The only other fees include your snacks while you're at the conference, as well as a fun dinner that we do Friday night when we all get together to enjoy one another's come company and have some fun in Houston!

The conference this year is February 27 through March 1.  If you are interested in attending the conference this year, please check your schedule for the week of, and the week after TSHA. You will probably be missing class on Friday (or join a carpool group for after class Friday if you cannot miss class.) It is important that you check if you have tests the week after the weekend of TSHA, and if it is imperative that you stay in Austin to study for those and not stress yourself out after the weekend of being in Houston. We need firm commitments of who will be able to attend the conference for sure by February 12.

TSHA is an incredible experience for both your time as a student and to prepare you for your time as a career speech language pathologist or audiologist. I hope you consider going because you will be both challenged and inspired!!

Info and event coordination provided by our lovely social chair:
Hillary McNutt
hillary.mcnutt @

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