What next? Don’t stop me now …

Now that I’ve covered the 3 days of the 2011 British Aphasiology conference I am keen to keep blogging. My previous attempts have tended to peter out quite quickly through a combination of lack of motivation, lack of time, lack of creativity and so on and so on.

Motivation - If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon

So I’m very pleased to see that people have actually been reading what I’ve written. I’d originally thought that blogging would be a more motivating form of reflective writing (i.e. CPD) in the hope that my thoughts may also be useful for other people. Naturally there’d then also be the possibility of directly engaging with others through the use of comments and so on (eagerly awaiting first comments by the way!). Particular thanks for the greater than anticipated reader numbers go to Fiona a fellow SLT in the North East and BAS twitterer and Liz who runs the fantastic SaLT-Mine website. Read more of this post

BAS Conference 2011, Day 3

Day 3 of the BAS conference showed no signs of letting up in terms of inspiring people and offering nuggets of wisdom and things to reflect on. I’m concerned that I won’t be able to do justice to all the talks that I found exciting on that day so I’m just going to focus on three in particular that I found useful in providing food for thought. I should probably therefore apologise to Anne Whitworth who gave a keynote speech on measuring change in connected speech and in the process made an auditorium of SLTs feel a little less guilty for never quite getting around to transcribing and analysing all those speech samples that have been collected throughout the years. I’m hoping that I’ll be forgiven for skirting over this as Anne is also currently one of my PhD supervisors and she would appreciate that I am looking to branch out and reflect on clinical areas which are perhaps not my speciality … cough cough

Archeology of SLTPam Enderby (Uni of Sheffield) and Susan Edwards (Uni of Reading) gave back-to-back presentations on the “archeology of aphasia therapy” which gave both sobering and inspiring perspectives on the future directions of aphasia research and its link to therapy. Admittedly these talks covered a lot of interesting ground and were so engaging that my attention was mostly focused on listening and my note taking suffered, and due to my poor memory I’ve forgotten a fair bit of the detail. Read more of this post