Session Format Options

The following session formats are offered at the ASHA Convention. When submitting a proposal to the Call for Papers, you must select the format that best suits your proposed presentation.

Flash Sessions (30 minutes): SLP and Audiology Topics (formerly Technical Clinical Sessions and Technical Research Sessions)
The goal of a Flash Session is to highlight clinical innovations/practices or research updates in an efficient format. A Flash Session is a 20-minute oral presentation that focuses on applied clinical aspects of our professions (e.g., the “how to” of a specific diagnostic or therapeutic strategy or unique service delivery model) or one that focuses on recent research findings, or research in progress. The oral presentation will be followed by a brief 10-minute question and answer period, allowing the presenter to clarify information and foster discussion among the audience.

Oral Sessions (1 or 2 hour seminars): SLP, Audiology, Basic Science Topics
Seminars are 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 either a one or two hour time period.

Poster Presentation (90 minutes): SLP and Audiology Topics
Posters presentations combine a verbal presentation with a visual aid and are an excellent mechanism 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.

Short Course (3 hours): SLP and Audiology Topics
Short Courses are invited oral seminars that provide instruction with emphasis on clinical applications and/or science backed by appropriate levels of evidence. Presenters, who are invited by the Convention Program Committee, demonstrate recognized expertise in their area and have experience presenting continuing professional education programs. Material being presented must be at the Intermediate level or above, and no more than three presenters per course is preferred. Short Courses are ticketed courses with an additional fee for attendance. Presenters are required to submit a copy of their handouts to ASHA in advance; Short Course ticket holders will receive online access to presentation materials.