American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2011 Convention Activities and Events

SIG Pre-Convention Workshops | Butler SymposiumCSAP Fall Conference | Researcher-Academic Town Meeting | Service Project | First-Timers' Orientation | ASHA-PAC Beach Party | Short Courses | Dynamic Learning Groups | Opening General SessionAuxiliary PresentationsWelcome Reception
ASHFoundation Fundraiser | Membership Forums | Awards Ceremony | Closing Party

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Schedule at a Glance

The 2011 Schedule at a Glance provides a helpful overview of what's happening and when for each day of the ASHA Convention. 

Wednesday, November 16

A number of pre‑Convention events on Wednesday, November 16 will offer attendees the opportunity to earn additional specialized CEUs through Special Interest Group (SIG)-sponsored workshops or Specialty Board Symposia. Additional social activities, receptions and a fun team-building service project will help you connect with like-minded peers while giving back to the San Diego community.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Pre-Convention Workshops

Innovations in Theory of Mind Assessment & Intervention for Children with ASD

(Sponsored by SIG 1, Language Learning and Education

Patricia Prelock, PhD, University of Vermont, will describe innovative methods for assessing Theory of Mind in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) using both parent report and broad based theory of mind measures. Case examples will be used to identify areas of challenge in theory of mind, develop goals and recommend strategies for intervention. The use of social stories, comic strip conversations, video modeling, and thought pictures and emotions will be explained as strategies to facilitate theory of mind and perspective taking in children with ASD. Videotaped examples of theory of mind assessment and intervention will be presented.

Understanding Stuttering Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): It's the Thought That Counts

(Sponsored by SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders)

Presenters Frances Cook and Jane Fry from the Michael Palin Centre in London will introduce participants to CBT and key theoretical models which may help the client and clinician develop a shared understanding of the clients' experience of stuttering. Models which articulate the relationship between cognitions, emotional, somatic and behavioral responses, the role of early experience in the development of unhelpful core beliefs and assumptions, the role of interpersonal dynamics in maintaining difficulties, and the key mechanisms of social anxiety will be discussed. Clinical examples will demonstrate how these models can be used in work with children, families, young people and adults who stutter. Emphasis will be given to clinical skills such as the use of Socratic questions, which support the development of a collaborative therapeutic relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to practice key questions used by cognitive therapists and to consider the applicability of CBT to their own clinical practice.

Specialty Recognition Board Katharine G. Butler Symposium in Child Language

Advances in Research: Diagnosis and Treatment of Dyslexia

Jeffrey R. Gruen, a Yale School of Medicine scientist whose discovery of a gene involved in dyslexia was named one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2005 by the journal Science, will discuss his "imaging-genetics" research which utilizes fMRI to determine how gene variants change how the brain's processing of written language. Nickola Wolf Nelson, Ph.D, Professor at Western Michigan University and Editor of Topics in Language Disorders, will present assessment techniques for differentiating language impairment, dyslexia, and specific comprehension deficits, and will discuss intervention strategies for the dyslexia profile.

CSAP Fall Conference

8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
San Diego Marriott, San Diego Ballroom, Salon B

The CSAP Fall Conference will be held on Wednesday. At 5:30 p.m., CSAP will host a Live Auction and Reception with items donated by local businesses, corporate supporters, and state associations. Past CSAPers as well as current CSAPers are encouraged to attend this exciting event! Additional information and registration for the Fall Conference is available on the CSAP website.  

Researcher-Academic Town Meeting

Training the Next Generation of Clinical Researchers

This CEU-eligible annual forum for faculty, researchers, and PhD students offers invited participants an opportunity to network and engage in discussion on topics of significance to the academic and research communities; participation is limited and by invitation only to registered Convention attendees. Pearson is the official event-presenting sponsor. Invitations will be emailed in September. For additional information, contact academicaffairs@asha.org.

ASHA Bike Build Service Project

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 20A

Plan to arrive early to take part in a special team-building service activity to benefit the San Diego community. The ASHA Bike Build project will group participants into fun, interactive teams to build bicycles for disadvantaged children in the San Diego area. You don't need to be a master bicycle technician to participate. Our service team will guide you along the way, and the activity concludes with local children coming in to receive their new, and sometimes first, bikes! Tickets to participate in this activity may be purchased when registering for the Convention.

First-Timers' Orientation

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 20D

New attendees are encouraged to come to this gathering to learn about the ASHA Convention and what to expect over the next three days. You'll have an opportunity to meet ASHA President Paul Rao and Convention Co-Chairs Kathy Coufal and Bob Novak, as well as other ASHA representatives. Light refreshments will be served.

ASHA-PAC Beach Party

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
San Diego Marriott, Pool Area
Suggested Ticket price: $40 – ASHA members only

What happens when 10,000 ASHA members meet on 5,000 beach blankets? An ASHA-PAC Beach Party!

The ASHA-PAC Board of Directors invites you to kick off your shoes and join them on Wednesday at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina pool area. Travel back to the days of Beach Blanket Bingo and Muscle Beach Party at this 1960's-inspired wine reception. Beach attire and spontaneous singing are optional; a good time is required!

Space is limited so purchase your tickets early when registering for the Convention. All proceeds benefit the ASHA Political Action Committee (ASHA-PAC), which provides financial support to candidates of the U.S. Congress that recognize the importance of speech-language pathology and audiology services and who demonstrate concern for the rights of all citizens to receive these services. 

Thursday, November 17

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Level 1, B1

The 2011 ASHA Convention kicks off with a true Opening General Session on Thursday morning that will set the stage for inspiration over the next three days.

ASHA President Paul Rao will welcome everyone and touch on important issues facing the professions and the latest information about the association. Program Chairs Kathy Coufal and Robert Novak will talk about the program sessions, describe the new innovations and changes implemented for this year's event and highlight other not-to-miss activities happening during the Convention.

Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the best-selling book, My Stroke of Insight, will deliver the keynote address. Taylor's presentation, "The Wonder of What We Are" will touch on the theme of this year's convention and inspire speech-language pathologists and audiologists who help clients achieve their communication goals.

Taylor, a Harvard-educated neuroanatomist, had a stroke in 1996 which left her unable to walk, talk, read or write and without her lifetime of memories. Over the next eight years, Taylor rebuilt her memory and neural functions, relying on her brain's right hemisphere to compensate for and help repair the damaged left half. Rather than be defeated by the overwhelming task of rebuilding and relearning, Taylor feels fortunate to have had the unique experience of studying her own brain from the inside out.

In addition to her book, she has delivered numerous speeches and presentations about her experiences, and has even appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." She is now a passionate advocate not only for brain's ability to recover but for individuals' ability to choose, moment by moment, who and how they want to be in the world.

ASHA invites everyone to join us on Thursday morning to learn about what's new and experience the energized atmosphere of the ASHA Convention.

Short Courses

Short courses are ticketed courses with an additional fee of $70 for attendance. Tickets for short courses may be purchased when registering for the Convention.

Membership Forum

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 22

Have a question, want to share an idea, or have a concern? ASHA's Board of Directors wants to hear from you! Join the Board at the membership forum on Thursday for light refreshments. The entire Board of Directors and senior ASHA staff will be on hand to answer your questions. A second forum with light snacks will be held on Saturday during lunch.

Dynamic Learning Groups

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
San Diego Marriott, San Diego Ballroom Salon A

Find out more about the Dynamic Learning Groups and how this fun, educational group activity can enhance your learning and enrich your Convention experience. The DLGs will meet over lunch on both Thursday and Saturday. This activity is open to all attendees for no additional fee but space is limited, so register to participate now

Auxiliary Presentations

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Various ASHA Committees, Boards and Councils are delivering informative presentations during the ASHA Convention, such as updates on policies or processes that affect members. These presentations are open to all registered attendees, however, ASHA CEUs are not awarded for participation nor is lunch provided.

NEW! Welcome Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

We followed your suggestions to get the networking underway on the first day of the Convention! Join us for a light reception, cash bar and free spectacular sunset to catch up with your ASHA peers and new friends. Enjoy this special new reception on Thursday evening while planning which of the new "twilight" sessions to attend, or where to head out for dinner in San Diego. Also, be sure to swing by the "party in a party" and help celebrate the Special Interest Groups' 20th Anniversary! Tickets are free to all fully registered attendees (tickets may be reserved when registering) and guest tickets are available to allow friends and family to join the fun.

An Elegant Oceanside Charity Event

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Ticket price: $200

Thursday evening will be a magical opportunity to support the philanthropy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation—don't miss it!

Hosted by ASHFoundation Board member and Plural Publishing President/CEO Angie Singh at her beautiful La Jolla residence, you will be transported along the curving Pacific coastline and ocean bluffs to a scenic experience on a terraced ocean hillside. This unique "meet and mingle" fundraiser will feature a full reception and dinner and includes complimentary bus transportation.

Most importantly, proceeds will be directed to the ASHFoundation's innovative research grant and scholarship programs, a cause so dear to Angie and her late husband and the ASHFoundation's special champion, Dr. Sadanand Singh.

Plan now to join donors and award recipients for this elegant evening while sipping fine wines, enjoying the exotic tastes of India, and bringing our charitable community together for a great cause. Space is limited and this popular event is sure to sell out, so purchase your tickets early when registering for the Convention.

Note about transportation for this event:
La Jolla is located 12 miles north of downtown San Diego. Buses to transport guests to La Jolla will depart promptly from the convention center at 6:15 p.m. Return buses from La Jolla will begin at 9:30 p.m. You may arrange your own transportation via taxi if desired; there is no parking on site, therefore, personal vehicle use is not recommended.

Friday, November 18

Short Courses

Short courses are ticketed courses with an additional fee of $70 for attendance. Tickets for short courses may be purchased when registering for the Convention.

Auxiliary Presentations

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Various ASHA Committees, Boards and Councils are delivering informative presentations during the ASHA Convention, such as updates on policies or processes that affect members. These presentations are open to all registered attendees, however, ASHA CEUs are not awarded for participation nor is lunch provided.

ASHA Awards Ceremony

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Level 1, B1

The Awards Ceremony celebrates the highest achievements and excellence in the professions of colleagues and friends. The Honors of the Association, ASHA's most prestigious award that stresses the lifetime achievements of ASHA members, will be presented. The Fellowship of the Association Awards are also presented, recognizing members whose contributions form the cornerstones of the professions. Additional awards will be presented that honor members who have also contributed to the professions and association. The Annie Glenn award will also be presented.

Annie Glenn, wife of Senator John Glenn, is known nationwide for her advocacy for those with communication disorders. Each year, the "Annie" is given in her name to an individual who demonstrates Mrs. Glenn's spirit.

ASHA is honored to present the Annie Glenn Award at the 2011 Convention to David Seidler, Oscar-winning screenwriter of the film, The King's Speech. Seidler's own difficult experience with stuttering, and his determination to overcome this obstacle, was the driving force that motivated him to bring the powerful story to the screen. The King's Speech is a compelling film that honors the courage of all people who stutter.

The highly celebrated film was a huge success and has become an inspiration to those who stutterer. For his part, Seidler hopes the film helps people understand stuttering and the frustration and sense of isolation it can induce. The King's Speech deeply resonates with speech-language pathologists as well—professionals and colleagues who help those who stutter each day. 

Saturday, November 19

Short Courses

Short courses are ticketed courses with an additional fee of $70 for attendance. Tickets for short courses may be purchased when registering for the Convention.

Membership Forum

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 22

Have a question, want to share an idea, or have a concern? ASHA's Board of Directors wants to hear from you! Join the Board at the membership forum on Saturday during the daily lunch break. The entire Board of Directors and senior ASHA staff will be on hand to answer your questions and light refreshments will be served.

Dynamic Learning Groups

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
San Diego Marriott, Rancho Santa Fe 1-2

Find out more about the Dynamic Learning Groups and how this fun, educational group activity can enhance your learning and enrich your Convention experience. The DLGs will meet over lunch on both Thursday and Saturday. This activity is open to all attendees but space is limited, so register to participate now!

Auxiliary Presentations

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Various ASHA Committees, Boards and Councils are delivering informative presentations during the ASHA Convention, such as updates on policies or processes that affect members. These presentations are open to all registered attendees, however, ASHA CEUs are not awarded for participation nor is lunch provided.

Closing Party

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Join us Bayfront for a fiesta of fantastic food and frothy refreshments to close out another successful Convention with our crowd-pleasing Closing Party. Conveniently located, with both indoor and outdoor gathering areas, you can enjoy a final night of California living! Closing party tickets are free to fully registered attendees (tickets may be reserved when registering) and guest tickets are available for purchase. 

Request Function Space at the ASHA Convention

The deadline for exhibitors, affiliate groups and organizations, and universities or academic programs to request function space to hold a meeting, reception, Open House or other event during the ASHA Convention was August 12, 2011. Requests received after August 12 will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows.

Have questions about the ASHA Convention or need more information? E-mail us at convention@asha.org.

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