Session Formats

Master Classes (2 Hours): SLP and Audiology Topics

Master classes provide a more intensive, advanced learning opportunity for seasoned professionals or those whose work has a specialized focus. They are two-hour 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. Smaller class sizes allow for more in-depth instruction and interaction with presenters as well as peer-to-peer learning. Some master classes may include a demonstration or hands-on component for those who are seeking a more immersive learning experience. Master classes are ticketed courses with an additional fee for attendance and overflow viewing is not offered. Master classes count for 2 hours of PDHs. 

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

Seminars are standard concurrent sessions 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.

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.

About ASHA

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.

About the Convention

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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