Pre-Convention Workshops

Workshops offered for ASHA continuing education units (ASHA CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs)—sponsored by the Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA) or the Specialty Certification Boards—will take place on Wednesday, November 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Workshop tickets are available for purchase through registrationTickets are $80 each. ASHA members located in the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont may take advantage of a half-price disount on the MSHA-sponsored workshops.

PC01: DEI Throughout the Professional Pipeline in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, MSHA. Students and professionals are asking a challenging question to the association, "Why doesn’t ASHA’s membership have more representation from marginalized groups?" (Allison, 2022; Rodriguez, 2016). ASHA’s 2022 Membership and Affiliate Professional Profile reports that only 8.9% of the total membership identify as racial minorities. This statistic has far-reaching implications—from undergraduate and graduate recruitment, student retention (Sanez et al. 1998), faculty recruitment (Battle, 1999), program development (Horton et al. 2021; Stockman et al., 2008), research (Battle, 1999), and to client outcomes (Rodriguez, 2016). This is an intermediate-level session that will examine implications of the dearth of diversity and considerations to improve diversity and equity within our field.

PC02: Implementation Science: The Power of Research-Practice Partnerships to Drive Evidence-Based Practice

This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, MSHA. Implementation science involves practitioners and researchers working together in partnerships to create equitable evidence-based decisions to improve outcomes. In this presentation we will share how to develop, maintain, and sustain practice partnerships. We showcase the realities of real-life partnerships by presenting as a team of researchers and practitioners who are currently working together in various settings, including schools and rehab hospitals. Panelists will describe their own pathways to clinical-research collaboration, as well as barriers and complexity when working with stakeholders. Participants will explore how implementation science can happen in their own practice settings and address the research-to-practice gap. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in collaborative activities and discussion.

PC03: Innovative Practices and Perspectives in AAC

This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, MSHA. Advances in technology have resulted in inventive developments in the field of AAC. This panel-style workshop will highlight these advancements and their application across a range of individuals with complex communication needs across the lifespan, including those with developmental and acquired conditions. A brief history of the evolution of AAC will be shared, including a timeline from speech generating devices through the use of wearable technology, extended reality, and artificial intelligence. This panel will highlight social challenges in implementation, including beliefs about prerequisites for communication and the science behind debunking unproven communication methods. We will discuss implications and principles for clinical decision making when implementing novel AAC strategies and suggestions for future innovations with input from an adult AAC user.

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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 assistants; and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; and speech-language pathology and audiology assistants. 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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