The IASLT Biennial Conference 2021.

The IASLT Biennial Conference 2021.

The IASLT Biennial Conference took place on the 9th and 10th of September 2021. This was IASLT’s first ever online conference. The conference committee would like to say thank you to everyone who submitted abstracts for consideration, and to the 270 people who attended the conference over the two days. As the conference was online we had guests from countries such as New Zealand, Canada, and Australia, as well as from all over Ireland.

The conference theme this year was “A Changing World of Speech and Language Therapy”, due to COVID19 and how our roles changed with SLTs being redeployed; working on the frontline; seeing the impact of long COVID on SLT services; the incredibly positive changes due to the neurodiversity movement and listening more to the people we support; adapting to telepractice, as well as the changes with progressing disability services and working more in an interdisciplinary way. Speech and Language Therapists have shown incredible resilience and innovation during the past two years and the presentations at the conference showcased this.

We extend a thank you to our keynote speakers: Professor Jane Marshall, Dr Barry Prizant, Professor Paula Leslie, and Dr Laura Justice.

The following prizewinners were chosen by conference attendees:

  • Best Oral Presentation: Thursday - Ruth Mulcahy: The Effectiveness of Simulation in Speech & Language Therapy Education: A Systematic Review & Narrative Synthesis
  • Best Oral Presentation: Friday - Kristine Coffey: A Joint SLT/OT Virtual Reminiscence Therapy Group ran by the Galway Integrated Care of the Older Person Service (GICOP)
  • Best Lightening Presentation: Thursday - Josepha Fox: Developmental Language Disorder: The impact of training and experience on teachers’ ability to recognise and respond to pupils’ needs.
  • Best Lightening Presentation: Friday morning - Aisling Smith: The experiences of Speech and Language Therapists working with Deaf or Hard of Hearing children in Ireland
  • Best Lightening Presentation: Friday afternoon - Eoghan Casey and Camilla Egan: Is Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) for post-stroke aphasia cost-effective and how is this measured? Systematic review and narrative synthesis.
  • Best Poster - Lorraine Hughes: “Finding my still point in my turning world”: The Living Experience of ADHD in Adulthood.
  • Best Oral Presentation: Dysphagia - Claire Balaski: An Investigation of Current Videofluoroscopy Practice Patterns: An International Survey Best Poster: Dysphagia - Aisling Ni Fhaolain: Should We Prioritise People with PEG Tubes for Rehabilitation? The Functional Outcomes and Cost Benefits of Dysphagia Rehabilitation Post Stroke.

We look forward hopefully, to an in-person conference once more in 2023.  Our banner video shows images of our 2019 IASLT Conference and 50th Celebration in Croke Park.