Pre-Convention Workshops

Workshops offered for ASHA continuing education units (ASHA CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs)—sponsored by the District of Columbia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (DCSHA)—will take place on Wednesday, November 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Workshop tickets are available for purchase through registration. Tickets are $80 each. Members of DCSHA, as well as for members of the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia receive a discount and may purchase tickets for only $40 each.

You may purchase tickets even if you do not plan to attend the ASHA Convention itself; however, you'll still need to complete the full registration process. In the registration system, select the "Wednesday Only" option for $0, which will allow you to add tickets for the Wednesday workshops. You will pay only for the workshop you select, and you will not be registered for the ASHA Convention, which begins on Thursday.

PC01: Implicit Bias: How Did We Get Here? Where Do We Go Now?

This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, the DCSHA, and is designed to meet the educational needs of practitioners and providers from all specialties as well as health care professionals. The workshop provides an overview of implicit bias, and how it manifests in everyday decision-making. Taking a science-based view, participants will examine the underlying psychology and neuroscience of implicit associations, and a historical context for how implicit associations are impacted by past experiences. Participants will assess their own biases to increase self-awareness and explore debiasing strategies and best practices to mitigate the risks of implicit bias impacting treatment and care. Participants will engage in a dynamic workshop featuring didactics, narrative and reflection pieces, clinical scenarios, self-assessments, and guided discussions.

PC02: Navigating the Challenges of Auditory Processing Disorders During the COVID Pandemic

This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, the DCSHA. One part of this presentation will be to present a description of auditory processing from a multisystem approach in which auditory processing disorders are not seen as being caused merely by problems in the central auditory pathways but are due to multiple systems including the auditory system, attention/executive functioning system, cognitive decision-making system, and language system. Applying this multisensory approach allows the audiologist and those receiving the audiologist’s report to understand all factors that contribute to the person having problems processing what is heard. From that appropriate and comprehensive understanding of what is involved in the specific person’s problems processing auditory information, appropriate accommodations, and treatments specific to the problems found can be provided. The other part of this presentation discusses a method for evaluating auditory processing virtually. This method may be useful for evaluation of improvements after treatment by using the technique pre-therapy and again post-therapy and then comparing the changes that are found. Changes in auditory processing using the same virtual method of evaluation can then identify what improvements have been made after the person receives the treatments recommended based on the specific problems found on the auditory processing testing.

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

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The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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