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Convention Program

The ASHA Convention is the strongest educational program for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, speech and hearing scientists, and related professionals.

Convention registration includes attendance at your choice of more than 2,500 CEU-qualified education sessions, including 1- and 2-hour oral seminars, technical clinical and technical research sessions, and poster presentations. (Read more about the different session formats.) Short Courses and the pre-Convention Sessions are ticketed extras that you may add to your Convention registration to enhance your learning.


The Program Planner, our online application, provides advance access to the complete 2015 ASHA Convention program. All sessions offered at the Convention are listed in the Program Planner. Use it to search for sessions to match your professional interests and create your own personal schedule.

Read more about how to use the Program Planner and get started.

Limited printable lists of sessions have been created for those who prefer to read through session offerings on paper.

Pre-Convention Sessions

Several CEU-eligible sessions sponsored by the Colorado Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CSHA) or the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders are offered on Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Choose from one of the four sessions offered below and extend your learning at the ASHA Convention. Read more about the pre-Convention sessions, or use the session codes to locate and view the complete details for these sessions, including abstracts, authors, and learning objectives, in the Program Planner.

PC01: Spelling Error Analysis: A Clinical Tool for Assessing & Planning Intervention for Reading & Writing

PC02: Bilingual Speakers with Aphasia: Evidence, Principles, & Procedures in Clinical Management

PC03: Speech & Resonance Intervention for Cleft Palate: Speech Therapy Approaches Related to Surgical Timelines

PC04: Concussion Reconsidered in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults: New Science, New Roles for SLPs

Tickets for these sessions may be purchased through registration. You may purchase tickets for a pre-Convention session even if you do not plan to attend the Convention itself, however, you’ll still need to complete the full Convention registration process. To do so, log into the registration system and select the "Wednesday Only" option for $0, which will allow you to add tickets for the Wednesday sessions. You will pay only for the session you select, and will not be registered for the ASHA Convention, which begins on Thursday.

Short Courses

Attendance at your choice of more than 2,000 oral seminars and poster presentations is included with your ASHA Convention registration, however, you may also choose to purchase tickets to Short Courses.

Short Courses are 3-hour ticketed sessions with an additional fee of $80 for attendance. They offer more in-depth content presented at the intermediate level or above and are led by presenters who hold expertise in the subject matter. Tickets for Short Courses may be purchased through Convention registration.

View the 2015 Short Courses.

Trailblazer Sessions

The special Trailblazer series of sessions reflect our 2015 theme, "Changing Minds. Changing Lives. Leading the Way," by featuring concepts that are forward-thinking, innovative, or transformational with respect to the professions, or speech-language or hearing science, and have unique applicability to the discipline. The Trailblazer sessions may also address significant change—either past or ongoing—that has deeply impacted the professions, or they may promote or relate to an aspect of ASHA's Envisioned Future. The sessions selected to comprise the Trailblazer series received the highest ratings from Convention Program Committee reviewers and will focus on a variety of thought-provoking, impactful topics. All Trailblazer sessions are CEU-eligible and are offered across several formats, including one- and two-hour sessions, and Short Courses. Look for the list of Trailblazer sessions in the Program Book you receive in Denver and plan to attend some of these special sessions.

Printable Session Lists

Several lists of sessions have been created in a printable PDF format for those who prefer to read through the sessions on paper. These documents were created on August 30, 2015; please refer to the Program Planner for the most up-to-date information about sessions.

Pocket Planner

The Pocket Planner is an abbreviated overview of the 1-hour and 2-hour oral seminars offered at the ASHA Convention. View the digital version of the Pocket Planner on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Program Book

Each registrant will receive a copy of the Program Book at the Materials Pick-up area onsite in Denver.

General Expectations for Sessions Offered at the ASHA Convention

Education sessions at the ASHA Convention are noncommercial. It is not acceptable to use an education session to advertise a program, product, or service for sale.

  • The views that speakers express in education sessions are their own, and do not necessarily reflect ASHA's policies.
  • ASHA does not endorse programs, products, or services. Acceptance of a paper for presentation does not constitute ASHA's endorsement of its content.
  • Speakers are expected to refrain from comments or humor that disparages the rightful dignity of any person or group.
  • Speakers are expected to comply with copyright law and HIPAA regulations in selecting material and images for their presentations. In particular, speakers are cautioned against using images or identifying details of any client or patient without express written permission to do so.

Program Resources

Information for Presenters

Guidelines to assist presenters with preparing both oral seminar and poster presentations for the 2015 ASHA Convention will be posted after notifications of acceptance/non-acceptance for the Call for Papers are sent in July.

Call for Papers

Notifications of acceptance and non-acceptance for proposals submitted to the Call for Papers for the 2015 ASHA Convention were sent via e-mail on July 15, 2015. Please contact if you did not receive a notification or have any questions related to the Call for Papers or Program. The Call for Papers for the 2016 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia will open in late January.