Summary of Tour Experience Essay

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Going into the tour, I was not entirely sure what to expect, but I was looking forward to it. Thursday started in a rush, with the opening ceremonies. There the ASHA president talked about her experience as a speech pathologist, as well as touching on her own brother as a source of inspiration—one that had died recently, but had had Down Syndrome. That alone was enough to pique my interest, and her entire story seemed in tune with my own for why speech pathology is important. From the opening session, many people went after the ice cream, but I instead found a quiet place to look through the book of presentations and posters. I have known from other conferences that I have been to that there are usually far too many sessions to go to in…show more content…
One poster looked into the effectiveness of sound meter apps, and found that for everyday use the apps worked almost as well as a regular sound meter. Another poster looked into the differences between the popular apps and apps used for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The AAC apps tended to be less colorful and more simplistic than the popular apps, and the presenter mentioned that making the apps more colorful and appealing might increase the likelihood of a child using the AAC app to communicate. From there, I attempted to go to my first session. The main room was full, so they moved us to the overflow room. Unfortunately, thirty minutes later, they were still trying to get the connection working, and it was far too late to go into another session. From then on, I made sure to get to my sessions early enough that I would not miss another one due to technical difficulties. The session I managed to go to next was one that I had particular interest in, because it dealt with both autism and AAC via iPad apps. The researchers success with facilitating communication in a child who previous had no communication was interesting, but did raise a question in my mind. The child did have echolalia, and therefore was more likely to repeat sounds and words that they heard. Therefore, how successful would the therapy be if the child did
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