Revolutionary Learning. Evolutionary Practice. November 15-17 Boston, MA

  • Session Format

  • Oral Seminars (1 or 2 hours): SLP, Audiology, Basic Science Topics 

    Seminars are intended to provide in-depth, continuing education for speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and speech-language-hearing scientists. Emphasis is on clinical applications and research advances, backed by appropriate levels of evidence. Content is specifically tailored to fit the time period. Oral seminars count for 1 hour or 2 hours of Professional Development Hours (PDHs), depending on session length.

    Poster Presentation (90 minutes): SLP and Audiology Topics 

    Posters presentations combine a verbal presentation with a visual aid to facilitate the rapid communication of scientific ideas. During these presentations, viewers visually guide themselves at their own pace through the basics of the study displayed on the poster board, allowing the presenter to focus on explanation, clarification, and discussion of key elements of the work and to answer questions. The poster presentation format is less formal and more interactive than an oral seminar, as it provides the opportunity for viewers to engage in discussion and to have one-on-one interactions with both the presenter and fellow viewers. Each poster counts for 15 minutes of PDHs and up to six poster viewings may be claimed for continuing education credit during the 90 minute time block.

    Short Course (3 hours): SLP and Audiology Topics 

    Short Courses are invited oral seminars that provide instruction with emphasis on clinical applications and/or science backed by appropriate levels of evidence. Presenters, who are invited by the Convention Program Committee, demonstrate recognized expertise in their area and have experience presenting continuing professional education programs. Material being presented must be at the Intermediate level or above, and no more than three presenters per course is preferred. Short Courses are ticketed courses with an additional fee for attendance. Presenters are required to submit a copy of their handouts to ASHA in advance; Short Course ticket holders will receive online access to presentation materials.

    Technical Sessions (30 minutes): SLP and Audiology Topics 

    Technical sessions consist of a 20-minute oral presentation followed by a brief 10-minute question and answer period to allowing the presenter to clarify information for the audience. The purpose is to communicate scientific information or highlight clinical innovations in an efficient form. A technical session may have either a research or clinical focus. Technical research sessions present recent research findings, or research in progress. Technical clinical sessions address the applied clinical aspects of the professions, such as the methodology of a specific diagnostic, a therapeutic strategy, or a unique service delivery model used by the clinician. Technical sessions count for 30 minutes of PDHs.  

    The following special session formats will be offered at the 2018 ASHA Convention:

    e-Poster Sessions (90 minutes): SLP and Audiology Topics

    e-Poster sessions are a hybrid session type that combines the traditional poster presentation format with technology. An Electronic Poster, or e-Poster, utilizes a large monitor to display a digital version of a poster. e-Posters provide an opportunity for tech-savvy presenters to convey information through embedded multimedia elements that would not be possible with a traditional printed poster, along with the static content typically displayed on a poster. e-Poster presentations have been specially selected for this format by the Convention Program Committee from poster sessions and highlight revolutionary or evolutionary projects or practices in our professions. Similar to poster presentations, each e-Poster counts for 15 minutes of PDHs and up to six e-poster viewings may be claimed for continuing education credit during the 90 minute time block.  

    Hands-on Labs (2 Hours): SLP and Audiology Topics

    Hands-on/demo labs will focus on tools and services that offer a revolutionary or evolutionary “how-to” approach to gathering information or addressing challenges in the professions. Attendees will engage in learning through hands-on instruction or an interactive demonstration. Unlike oral seminars, hands-on/demo labs do not have a standard head table and screen, though there may be a brief traditional presentation. The presenter(s) at each station are experts on the particular product, service or procedure and can knowledgeably answer questions. Attendees are encouraged to interact with the station presenter(s) and ask questions about the demonstration. 

    All lab sessions will be scheduled in 2-hour blocks, during which attendees may stop by at any time during the scheduled time block.  Each Hands-on Lab counts for 30 minutes of PDHs and up to four labs may be viewed during the 2-hour time block.

    Master Classes (3 Hours): SLP and Audiology Topics

    Master classes are a special format being piloted this year in response to growing requests for more intensive, advanced learning opportunities. They are three hour, ticketed oral seminars with emphasis on clinical applications and/or science backed by appropriate levels of evidence and are presented at an advanced level. Presenters, who are invited by the Convention Program Committee, demonstrate recognized expertise in their area and have experience presenting continuing professional education programs. Master classes count for 3 hours of PDHs.

    Tickets to master classes are offered by invitation to those who indicate they are seeking advanced-level coursework when registering for the ASHA Convention. The limited number of tickets ensure smaller class sizes that allow for more interaction with presenters. To inquire about tickets to master classes, please email registration@asha.org