The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta will host the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Annual Convention Thursday, November 15, through Saturday, November 17. The event will draw some of the world's leading experts in human communication for 3 days of workshops, poster presentations, and paper sessions. More than 9,000 ASHA members—speech-language pathologists and audiologists—are expected to attend.
Presentations will delve into some of the most compelling and concerning communication issues of our times; highlights include:
- Athletes' and Coaches' Knowledge of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in High-Contact Sports—3:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15 (Hall A2, Session 7203, Poster Board 156). Considering the increased incidence of TBI repercussions from sports, do coaches and student athletes know enough about concussions?
- Social Media Aren't Social: Young Adults and Web 3.0—8:00 a.m., Friday, November 16 (Sidney Marcus Ballroom, Session 1184). Teens text more than 3,400 times a month, and 76% are social media users, according to Nielsen and The Pew Research Center, respectively. What are the implications of the digital age? As today's generation of kids and teens live hyper-social lives, speech and hearing research sounds some strong warnings.
- Television's Effects on Speech and Language: The Parent's Perspective—9:30 a.m., Saturday, November 17 (Hall A2, Session 7888, Poster Board 288). How do parents of children with speech or language disorders perceive television's impact on their child's speech and language skills—and how do a parent's education level and child's birth order factor in?
- Print vs. Digital Media: Implications for Reading Comprehension—1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 17 (Hall A2, Session 8058, Poster Board 307). To today's generation of middle-schoolers, reading books on e-readers and tablets is becoming more normal than holding an actual book in their hands. Does format influence comprehension?
- Practical Solutions for Helping Children Who Stutter Deal With Bullying—3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17 (B213, Session 1519). How are speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working with school-age children who stutter to teach them effective methods for handling bullying behavior?
- Repercussions of Mild Sports-Related TBI—9:30 a.m., Saturday, November 17 (Hall A2, Session 7896, Poster Board 333). Although awareness of the consequences of mild TBI in team sports is increasing—especially in high school and collegiate athletic settings—there is a need for policies that inform athletes, parents, and others of the dangers and help them manage injuries and receive optimal assessment and treatment.
- Autism: Checklist for Social Communication Risk Factors by Baby's First Birthday—8:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17 (Hall A2, Session 7782, Poster Board 220). Earliest identification of autism is key to positive outcomes for early intervention. What can parents learn from SLPs' social communication screenings of babies and toddlers?
- Headphones: What We Can't Hear Can Hurt Us—1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 17 (Room B305, Session SC28). How are headphones posing a safety risk to pedestrians?
Find full program details at www.asha.org/Events/convention/Program.htm.
Presenters are available for interviews.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. www.asha.org.