ASLTIP Conference 2014 Wrap-Up

Date: 15th July 2014

Posted on: 15-07-2014

Another great ASLTIP conference leaving delegates buzzing and ready to implement new ideas and refocusing on their practice! This year we hosted the annual Conference and AGM at the Holiday Inn in Birmingham. In-depth educational sessions, workshops and networking events provided attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas with industry experts and colleagues. All of our delegates went away inspired by our amazing speakers.


The day opened with a fantastic presentation from our first keynote speaker: Christina Shewell. Christina is an internationally recognised expert in the spoken and singing voice. She is an excellent public speaker, hugely knowledgeable about the voice but also entertaining. “I took away that to help my clients look after their voices, first I need to look after me”.


Nicely following on from Christina’s session, Sound well-being, Kamini Gadhok and Bryony Simpson took part in an expert panel looking at the relationship between RCSLT and ASLTIP. It seems we are moving in to a new era of co-operation with Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and it was a very informative session for all who attended. “I appreciated the opportunity to hear Bryonyand Kamini discuss their overview of how ASLTIP fits in the bigger picture of SLT in the UK. The dialogue with RCSLT is certainly feeling more open than it has previously” .


The afternoon was as diverse in workshop selection. Christina Shewell continued her presentation on Sound well-being and Professor Sue Roulstone presented Interventions and outcomes in children’s speech and language therapy. Kamini Gadhok, Chair of RCSLT, focused on Working to link research and practice while strengthening and developing our  profession. Professor Jane Riddoch took members through Screening for cognitive deficits following stroke, ASLTIP member Shauna Delenay talked about Implementing Social Stories and Maggie Shevlin-Elmore presented Mindfulness…an introduction.


During the lunch break five brave ASLTIP members presented and filmed their lightning talks. These 5 minutes talks covered topics from What is Auditory Processing?, through ASLTIP Courses, Getting the Balance Right: Can independent speech and language therapists contribute to the evidence base, deliver quality client care and maintain their income?, Implementing Social Stories to Cookery Sessions at Totton College: A Recipe For Joint Working. These were very well presented and enjoyed by all. These videos will be available online shortly! “What a nice way to hear how my colleagues are working. I certainly feel inspired to think about incorporating cooking into my sessions – thanks Caroline, and will definitely revisit my social stories after hearing Shauna speak”. 


The day was closed by our second keynote speaker Janette Rawlinson with her brilliant presentation entitled Making your life work.  Janette is an independent business consultant, trainer and public speaker. Her passion includes improving service delivery and customer care, working across international boundaries and cultures, developing people and organisations to their full potential.


At the end of day all the delegates had an opportunity to win amazing prizes sponsored by Pearson Clinical Assessment, Rose Medical Solutions and Clickety Books. Congratulations to our lucky winners: Martin Samuel, Janice Oakley and Gillian Rumble.


For the whole day attendees had an opportunity to speak with our fantastic exhibitors: Taskmaster/SenseToys, Elklan Training/STASS Publications, Pearson Assessment, Rose Medical Solutions, Clickety Books, Afasic, Tobii, Your World Healthcare, Medacs Healthcare, RCSLT and Speak Clearly.


We would like to thank everyone who spoke at the event and chaired the sessions, and we are grateful to those who took the time and effort to attend. ASLTIP is an organisation for members, run by members. Your involvement and participation in days like Saturday are essential for keeping it going, and to help energise all of us involved!


To all those who attended, see you again next year and for everyone else, we hope to see you next year.



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