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October 27th WESS conference in Toronto

We’re excited about our upcoming WESS conference on Friday October 27th, 2017 and we’re sure that  you’re going to want to attend. The day will be packed with great presentations by Carrie Spangler, Educational Audiologist at Summit Educational Service Center, and Cheryl Deconde-Johnson, Owner/Consultant at The ADEvantage: Audiology – Deaf Education Vantage Consulting Services.

Abstracts & Learner Outcomes
We encourage you to go to our website to learn about our presenters, access the conference Abstracts and Learner OutcomesTimed Agenda and register for the event.

Grab a poster here.

Early-bird registration draw
The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw (to be held on October 1, 2017) for a chance to WIN free admission to a future WESS conference, so register today!

WESS is a great place to get Continuing Education (CEUs)
SoundIntuition is an approved CEU provider for AGBell and ASHA. Due to the quality content of our events, we have been approved for 6 CEUs for past conferences.

Network with colleagues from across the country
Not only do we bring you fantastic speakers but our conferences also attract attendees from across our great country. At past conferences, we have had professionals from Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Bring your business cards, work the room and make lasting relationships with colleagues from coast to coast.

Special Student Rate
We encourage students to attend our conferences because we believe the content of the day is hugely beneficial to learning. When registering, students can use promo code SWESS1017 to get the special rate.

Research Posters
We love students and we know you do as well! This October we will again showcase research from various universities in our intimate and interactive conference setting. Come prepared to learn from these amazing student poster presentations.

Call for Posters



Timed Agenda
Download a .pdf version

9:00-10:30amSession 1: Development of Self, Self-Concept, Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy (Building block sequence; Social communication and social cognitive skills that underscore social relationships and friendships; Wellness Model (Ida)) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
10:30-10:45amBREAK / Posters
10:45am - 12:00pmSession 2: Strategies and Resources to Support Young Children (Self-determination planning activity) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
12:00pm-12:15pmInspiration Session — Jennifer Tai and Jason Lee
1:00-1:30pmSpeed Poster Presentation — Karen Gordon
1:30-2:30pmSession 3: Strategies and Resources to Support Teens (Bullying conversation; Mindmapping activity; Self-Advocacy Checklist) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
2:45-4:00pmSession 4: Consumer and Parent Perspectives — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:00-4:30pmQuestions & Answers with Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:30-4:40pmClosing Remarks / Draw

Registration for WESS conferences is managed through ConstantContact and you may choose to pay by credit card in advance or select the pay-at-the-door option. We don not accept Purchase Orders.

Advanced Payment by credit card
Both VISA and MasterCard is accepted and processed through PayPal. Registration is guaranteed only after your VISA or MasterCard has been processed.

On-site Payment
We accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card at the conference registration desk on the day of a conference. Cheques must be made payable to Revinet Inc. Registration is guaranteed only after your cheque has cleared. If your cheque is returned, SoundIntuition reserves the right to cancel registration if an alternate approved payment is not supplied.

Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made by email and if cancelled at least sixty (60) days prior to an event, your refund will be in full. If cancellation is made less than sixty (60) days before an event, the refunded amount will be less a $50 admin fee.

You are so much more than ‘just’

Stephen Owen

I once attended a local small business networking event that was based on the concept of speed-dating. I was sent to a table where I met another business person. I had thirty seconds to give the other person my business card, state the name of the company I represented and what I did there before my table companion did the same in return. It was then expected that we’d engage in three minutes of dialogue which was to include finding synergies and how we could work together or at least refer someone else to use each other’s services. The bell would ding and we’d move on to explore the next business ‘dating’ experience.

To this day I remember the gentleman who sat at my table on rotation number two. I remember him for a number of reasons. He was extremely quiet, had a weak handshake, handed me his business card almost apologetically and seemed to be uncomfortable with eye contact. But he really stands out in my memory because of his first words to me.

When he said, “I’m just a plumber” my trained networking brain screeched to a halt and started twitching uncontrollably. This man had absolutely no idea.

He had no clue that a few weeks earlier a plumber had saved my basement from destruction due to a busted water pipe that jetted water at an alarming rate.

This man had no idea the respect I had for plumbers and the service they provide. To me, this man was not ‘just’ a plumber at all.

Needless to say, following our conversation, when the event was over, my new plumber friend was sitting a little taller in his chair, was holding his chin higher and happily talking about his trade with a new-found enthusiasm.

Corporate People Having a Business Agreement

Conversely, I recall meeting a woman at a conference recently. I recall my introduction to her very differently. Her handshake had exactly the right firmness to it, she proudly presented her business card to me (face up, text towards me) and pleasantly told me what about the work she was involved in.

There was no ‘just’ in the way she presented herself. She was who she was and was very comfortable and proud of what she did in her chosen career.

When you meet someone for the first time or are talking to another professional or parent please don’t ever present yourself as ‘just a therapist’, ‘just a social worker’, ‘just a communicative disorders assistant’ or ‘just a teacher’.

The term ‘just’ devalues yourself and the care you are involved in. It is perceived as lacking confidence and conviction that the role you play is an extremely important one and that you have something integral to contribute to the assessment and intervention process.

Believe it or not, you’re someone’s hero.
Whether you know it right now or not, 
your influence is changing someone’s life.
They don’t think of you as a ‘just’ and neither should you.

I challenge you to straighten your back, walk taller, lift your chin a bit and ‘Do Differently’. You’ll be surprised how much happier in your career you become when you do.

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