ASHA 2014

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My wife and I recently attended the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Orlando.  She gave a talk on Aligning Practices between Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Speech Language Pathology. The speech language therapists (SLPs) ever increasing role within intensive therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum. It does appear that the SLP must understand their responsibilities and their value proposition while working together with the ABA therapist. The conversation was well received and I am quite proud of her.

I too submitted a proposal and was granted a poster presentation for the Topic Area:  Business, Management, Telepractice, and Professional Issues. My poster was entitled, "Simple Cost-Effective Strategies for Securing Documents in Your Therapy Practice". I will likely store the poster on my blog and also distribute it through slideshare.  It was rather interesting experience for me on a couple levels, as it was the first time I had spoken with a largely non-technical audience. I suppose that I should use the non-technical description with some caution as my wife constantly reminds me that SLPs take physics :-)

Nonetheless, it was refreshing to be the only mechanical engineer giving a poster presentation. In fact this was the first time I had ever delivered a poster presentation. During my undergraduate research days with National Science Foundation - REU (NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates) I was never afforded an opportunity to present a poster.  So to say I was amped was an understatement. The material went over well, I was happy to explain Free Software and Open Source as well as the importance of data management, and data encryption. Most people understood that so-called cloud computing did not provide HIPAA compliance by default.  What I found most interesting was that there really were not many vendors providing managed information technology services for this niche audience.  Clearly there is a business opportunity on the horizon.

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