See you at ASHA!

I’ll be presenting at the annual ASHA Convention in Boston this year. If you’re planning to attend, I hope to see you there.

If you’re interested, I will be presenting a poster and a seminar:

How Do You Say Hello? Working With Limited-English-Speaking Individuals With Neurogenic Impairment (Poster)

When: Thursday 11/15 from 4:30-6:00 PM

Patients with limited English who present with neurogenic impairments offer a unique challenge for evaluation and treatment. In this session, participants will learn to maximize effectiveness in treatment by advocating for equal language access. Discussion will include best practices for working with interpreters, the power dynamic involved, and how to think critically to ensure provision of quality, patient-centered care.

What Happened To Me?: Narratives and Self-Talk in Monolingual and Multilingual Neurogenic Populations (Seminar 1-hour)

When: Saturday 11/17 from 2:30-3:30 PM

We all tell stories about our lives, to justify our choices, make sense of our experiences, and define ourselves as individuals. Following an injury, how is this personal narrative changed? In this session, we will investigate the role of this narrative, as well as self-talk and language of thought, for monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual individuals.

Hope to see you there!

Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

Rest in peace to a legend not only to the physicist community, but the AAC and ALS communities.

As a long-time Pink Floyd fan, I have always loved and appreciated the power of 1994’s Keep Talking, which included portions of this video:

In it, Stephen Hawking reminds us of the power of communication:

Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking And its greatest failures… by not talking It doesn’t have to be like this

What a legacy, and may we heed this wisdom now more than ever.