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2020 FLASHA Convention Call for Presenters (Papers and Posters)

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the

2020 Annual FLASHA Convention!

The 2020 Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists is scheduled to take place June 26-29, 2020 at the Hilton Lake Buana Vista near Disney Springs, in Orlando, Florida. 

We are accepting proposals for podium presentations to fill a variety of time slots across our entire schedule. One, one and a half, and two hour spoken presentation sessions are available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday during the convention. We also welcome poster presentations. 

All sessions during the Annual FLASHA Convention are for the purpose of professional education. Members of FLASHA are invited to share innovative clinical techniques or research findings during the Annual Convention. We also welcome submissions from non-members to broaden the scope of our continuing education content. 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: December 20, 2019

Please prepare the following information for your presentation proposal: 

1. Proposal Authors

As the person initiating and entering the proposal into the submission system, you are automatically assigned the role of presenting author. You can change this if needed, if you are accepted and we will gladly update the information within 15 days of the acceptance notice, prior to submitting the information to ASHA for CEU approval. 

Please ensure that accurate contact information is provided for each author; include the author's institution, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and FLASHA affiliation or student status, if applicable. You will also have to provide a brief biographical sketch for each author (whether they will be presenting and/or attending the FLASHA Convention). Bio sketches should be a maximum of 50 words per presenter. 

2. Proposal Content

Instructional Level

As part of this section, you will need to indicate the instructional level of your proposed session/poster.

Introductory: Instruction at the Introductory level of difficulty is generally intended for professionals with novice experience in the content area. Material presented is based on fundamental principles or concepts that are fairly well-known and regularly applied. Often this level of training is intended to be a prerequisite to successive, more difficult topics offered at the Intermediate level. At times, experienced professionals might be advised to take this training for review or in preparation for more advanced-level training. Introductory level can also be used to describe course content related to new or emerging areas of practice.

Intermediate: Instruction at the Intermediate level assumes some familiarity with the basic literature as well as some experience in professional practice within the area covered and is targeted for more experienced professionals. The pace of the training and difficulty of concepts presented require more advanced knowledge and skills than the Introductory level. Examples used at this level are often based on recent research and case studies that are complex in nature.

Advanced: Instruction at the Advanced level assumes the participant already has established experience, knowledge, and skill within the area covered. The focus of courses at this level is on comprehension of findings in the current literature and the synthesis and application of information presented to advance current clinical and research practices. The pace and level of difficulty of material presented is commensurate with the needs of a professional with comprehensive knowledge, ability, and experience in the content area.


Presentation titles should be short but descriptive. Catchy titles, indicating benefits to the audience while incorporating this year's theme "FLASHA 2020: Envisioning the Future!" are encouraged. Titles should include a maximum of 10 words.


The abstract is a brief description of your proposal, in 50 words or less, that will be used (if accepted) in the online program planner and in the program book distributed on-site.


Please provide an expanded summary of your proposal, not to exceed 1,000 words, that the program committee can use in its review of your proposal. The summary should include a main argument, procedures, and results. This information is not published.


Though references are not required, you are encouraged to provide references, not to exceed 500 words, that the program committee may consider as part of the proposal review.

3. Learning Objectives

You will need to enter three learning outcomes for your proposal. Learner outcomes describe what participants will be able to do as a result of attending the session. Outcomes must be stated as observable behaviors completing the sentence, "After completing this activity, participants will be able to..." Avoid verbs denoting mental states such as "know," "understand," and "appreciate."  Instead, use action verbs such as "describe," "discuss," and "explain."

4. General Submission Agreement

By submitting this call for proposals, you are acknowledging you (and all authors that will be presenting on the session) have read the following:

By submitting a proposal to present at the 2020 FLASHA Convention, you explicitly agree:

  • At least one author will register and attend the event
  • To present in the time slot assigned by the program committee
  • If accepted, to adhere to the deadlines as detailed in the acceptance notification regarding additional information, presentation materials, etc.
  • To provide appropriate evidence to support any claims related to efficacy, validity, or reliability of approaches to assessment or treatment
  • To refrain from overt statements or pointed humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any person or group
  • To complete the required disclosures that identify any financial and nonfinancial relationships that may create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest, as defined in ASHA's guidelines concerning transparency and disclosure
  • To update your disclosure information and inform FLASHA if you develop or acquire a financial or nonfinancial interest related to the content of your poster at any time before the conference
  • To post the disclosure information for every author within your presentation or on the poster board;
  • To refrain from attempting to persuade attendees to purchase or use a specific product, service, piece of equipment, or device
  • When discussing a specific product or service, to offer information on its theoretical framework, relevant evidence, and operational details; to disclose in advance if your presentation or poster will not address the range of competing products or services; and to refrain from overt selling
  • That any research in which you participated and may be discussing in this presentation or poster is in compliance with mandated national and institutional policies and procedures pertaining to animal and/or human subjects research
  • To comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and to ensure the privacy of patients/clients by refraining from using names, photographs, or other patient/client identifiers in your presentation(s) without the patient's/client's knowledge and written authorization
  • To follow the guidelines for crediting authorship for research presentations as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 
  • To obtain written permission from copyright holders for the use of any previously published material in your poster or handouts
  • To grant FLASHA permission to photograph you and publish the photograph(s) in FLASHA publications and/or online

FLASHA's acceptance of a proposal does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

5. Author Disclosures

Every author must complete a disclosure form indicating any financial or nonfinancial relationship(s) related to the content of the proposed presentation or poster. Any proposals with incomplete disclosures at the call for papers closing date will be withdrawn.

Disclosure Policy

As part of ASHA's Continuing Education Board requirements, everyone submitting (or listed as an author on) a presentation or poster for an ASHA CEU event is required to complete a disclosure form indicating any financial and nonfinancial relationships related to the content of the proposed session.

ASHA's Continuing Education Board defines a conflict of interest as any financial or nonfinancial consideration or relationship relevant to course content that compromises or has the potential to compromise professional judgment. Providers of events approved for ASHA CEUs must identify and disclose to participants any such interest on the part of any speaker or instructor.

Please note that having a disclosable financial or nonfinancial relationship does not prevent you from speaking. Disclosing such relationships is intended to give attendees a more complete context in which to consider the information you provide. As a general guideline, err on the side of disclosure.

Refusal to disclose any financial or nonfinancial relationships disqualifies you from speaking at the conference.

If your presentation or poster is accepted, the information you provide will be disclosed on the conference program planner website, program, and/or mobile app. Note that for financial relationships, dollar amounts are not disclosed.

In addition, you will be expected to disclose relevant relationships on-site at the time of your presentation, both verbally and visually.

Relevant financial relationships are those in which you receive a financial benefit from a source related to the content of the course or presentation and include:

  • Salary
  • Royalty
  • Grant funding
  • Speaking fee
  • Consulting fee
  • Honorarium
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Gifts
  • In-kind services
  • Ownership interest
  • Patent on equipment

Relevant nonfinancial relationships are any relationships that might introduce bias into the course or presentation and include: 

  • Formal affiliations such as volunteer positions
  • Volunteer membership on a board or advisory council
  • Volunteer teaching or speaking engagements
  • Volunteer consulting
  • Affiliations with political, religious, or professional organizations relevant to the content of the presentation
Submission Process

The abstract is a brief description of your proposal, in 50 words or less, that will be used (if accepted) in the online program planner and in the program book distributed on-site. Poster abstracts may be edited, but make sure you proofread your work carefully. 

Abstracts and narrative summaries will be reviewed for clarity, goals and learner outcomes, scientific rationale and level of anticipated interest.

The primary/submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract.  Please notify your co-authors that the confirmation was received.

Review Process:
  • All presentation proposals must be submitted by December 8, 2019 for consideration. 
  • All submissions are reviewed by the Convention Review Committee. Abstracts are approved for inclusion in the convention program by the Vice President for Convention and the Vice President for Continuing Education upon recommendation by the review committee.
  • Notification regarding the results of the peer review process will be sent to the Primary/Submitting Author by January, 2020 for papers and posters.
  • Authors/speakers accepted for seminar presentation are requested to please email handouts/slides to (if you choose to provide them) to FLASHA Headquarters at 

Presenters must register for the Convention.

All questions should be directed to Stephanie Schwartz, M.S., CCC-SLP, VP for Convention at

Suggested Topics

In order to create a well-rounded convention program that meets the needs of all attendees, we are currently seeking topics that appeal to Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and Students.

We are also looking to cover a wide variety of age ranges (Pediatric, School, Adult, Seniors), as well as a wide variety of practice types (School Based, Private Practice, Hospital, Home Health, Telehealth, Skilled Nursing Facilities, University etc.). 

Sessions should be well-designed, and easily approved for continuing education credit through the State of Florida as well as ASHA. 

Additional Notes

  1. All interested presenters should complete this request for presenters. There is no limit to the number of topics an individual may submit, however, only one topic per submission is permitted.

  2. If you wish you submit another topic, you must complete a separate form for each topic for consideration.

  3. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 PM on December 20, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.

To begin a submission, enter your contact information below and click "Begin Survey.' You will receive a confirmation email following your completed submission. 


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