This year’s conference at The Double Tree Hotel in Ealing was another roaring success with over 130 attendees, with 10 excellent sessions on a range of topics, and exhibits from 15 terrific suppliers. To everyone who attended thank you for another wonderful conference, and for those who couldn’t attend this year, here is what you missed…
The conference started at 9.15am with the usual Welcome and Introduction hosted by Julie Anstey, thanking everyone for attending and another great year. The exhibitions opened up at 9.30 with all the vendors proudly displaying their wares from companies such as Smartbox, Liberator, Techcess, Pearson, and more. Also at 9.30am the first set of sessions started. Yvonne Wren ran a fascinating session in to using evidence based and technological approach to phonology therapy. Sarah Woodward ran a talk on how to source apps for adults with Aphasia and TBI, with final workshop of session A led by Theressa Redmond of the Communication Trust.
Session B workshops kicked off with Ami Coleman and Angela Bower hosting a session on enhancing sensory story telling. Philip Breedon of Nottingham Trent University ran and thought provoking workshop on using the Microsoft Kinnect as a facial paralysis stoke rehabilitation tool. While Rhiannan Walton posed the question in her workshop how do you start your SLT blog?
The AGM led straight in to this year’s Keynote speaker, Jane Marshall. Jane presented her session on Technological applications in speech and language therapy, accounting recent work at City University London, to a packed room.
The final workshop sessions of the day were held at 2.50 with Gina Davies outlining the Attention Autism Approach for Children on the autism spectrum. Rebecca Palmer was making the most of technology in her Aphasia Therapy session workshop. The last session of was conducted by Lucy Lowson who told us how technology can assist you in Clinic.
The day finished with a Speech and Language Therapy Apps Presentation with various apps such as Colorcards Basic Sequencing, Articulation Station, My Touch Pad, Pearsons Medical Assesment app and others being demonstrated. The app session was followed by a Prize Draw with a range of Prize from Colorcards, Sensory Guru, Your World Health Care, Pearson, Liberator, Techcess, and Talking Mats.
It was a great Conference and we look forward to seeing you all again this year!
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