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BAS Conference 2024
Aphasia 2024: theory, practice and future directions
The BAS Committee are very excited to announce that the British Aphasiology Society Conference 2024 will be hosted by De Montfort University, Leicester. The conference will take place between the 16th and 18th September 2024 and will be a hybrid format.
The conference explores three strands: aphasia theory, clinical practice and future directions.
The conference programme spans three full days and we are excited to announce that the six keynote speakers who have agreed to present within the theory strand are:
Professor Chris Code
Professor Argye Hillis
Swathi Kiran, Associate Dean for Research
Professor David Howard
Aura Kagan, Executive Advisor of the Aphasia Institute
Professor Cathy Price
Matt Lambon Ralph, Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
The practice strand of the conference offers clinicians the opportunity to talk about how they work with people with aphasia. The strand will focus on presenting rationales for intervention, describing therapy techniques and measuring impact. We are keen to encourage current clinicians to present their practice, with mentoring support available for presenters, if they would like it.
The final strand, future directions, will allow both researchers and clinicians to present their thoughts or research about what aspects of aphasia management might be relevant in the future and provide information to inform our future practice.
The costs of the conference are:
Early Bird (deadline 28th June): 1 day £80.00, 2 days £155.00 and 3 days £230.00
Conference attendance (after early bird deadline): 1 day £100, 2 days £180.00 and 3 days £260.00
Online or student attendance: 1 day £80.00, 2 days £155.00 and 3 days £230.00
If you would like to submit an abstract for consideration as a poster and/or a verbal presentation, it should be no longer than 400 words and should contain:
For the practice strand - rationale, therapy techniques, outcomes
For the future directions strand - background information, methodology, results and discussion
For all abstract submissions, please submit a word document including a front sheet with your name, email address, place of work and whether you would like your abstract to be considered for a poster or a verbal presentation. A second sheet should then contain the title of your work and your abstract.
Abstracts should be submitted to EventsOffice@dmu.ac.uk by the 30th May 2024.
Aphasia Therapy Masterclasses
BAS is continuing to run the Aphasia Therapy Masterclasses and is planning a new block that will run in Spring 2024.
The webinars are presented live on zoom and recorded so that they are available for all BAS members via the website.
Each Aphasia Therapy Masterclass should last approximately 1 hour and include:
A specific aphasia intervention or approach
Discussion relating to relevant evidence base
Case study discussion & video of implementation
Opportunity for questions and answers
We welcome expressions of interest from SLT’s with a wide range of relevant clinical experience (and settings). The focus is on sharing practice that has a broad practical range of clinical applications, so as to achieve the greatest impact for people living with aphasia.
In recognition of the work involved, BAS will make a £1,000 payment for each successful webinar (to an individual or organisation).
If you would be interested in running an Aphasia Therapy Masterclass webinar, we would love to hear from you. Write to email@example.com.
Eight masterclasses have now completed but if you didn't manage to view the event live or simply want to re-visit it you can view the recording of the 1 hour session using the BAS website; login to your account and then use the dropdown "Members Benefits>Aphasia Therapy Masterclasses".
Here is the link https://www.bas.org.uk/member-benefits/Aphasia-Therapy-Masterclasses.aspx
Needless to say that as these recordings use real patients as part of the teaching material, members need to respect patient confidentiality by not copying, forwarding or distributing the video recording.
We also welcome feedback on this new initiative, so if you have comments, ideas or would like to participate directly, do get in touch with Jean Rutter (firstname.lastname@example.org)