Have you ever thought to focus your skills on one particular area of our profession? If so, don't miss the opportunity to share your vision and knowledge by submitting a proposal to present at the 2020 NBASLH Convention in Houston!

The theme for the this year's convention is "2020 Vision: Expanding the Views of Cultural Diversity, Ethics, and Professionalism." NBASLH Convention Co-Chairs Darius Thomas-Wallace and Lauren Hastings invite you to "Expand your Views" in your professional experience or research by submitting a proposal. NBASLH is especially looking for submissions on Ethics, Supervision, Cultural Diversity, and Professionalism.

The Call for Papers deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Before you begin the submission process, please take a moment to read through the convention track descriptions and Call for Papers submission guidelines below. Proposals should fall under one of the aforementioned convention categories.

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Please contact NBASLH Headquarters at (609) 799-4900 or [email protected] with any questions.


Audiology & Aural Rehabilitation
Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic include auditory/central auditory processing (both normal and disordered) among children and adults including auditory neuropathy/auditory dyssynchrony, neuroscientific bases, assessment, intervention, functional impact, service delivery, academic and clinical preparation, and research. Additionally, presentations may be submitted that cover audiology assistants, balance system disorders, deaf education, cochlear implants, hearing aids, hearing screenings, and tinnitus.

Clinical & School-Based Disorders
Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic should focus on the causes, characteristics, and management (prevention, assessment, and intervention) related to clinical & school-based disorders such as apraxia, AAC, Autism, fluency, selective mutism, speech sound disorders, resonance disorders, accent modification, and voice disorders.

Language, Literacy, & Cultural/Linguistic Diversity
Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area should focus on aspects of language and learning in children and adolescents. The influence of cultural and linguistic differences on speech and language and service delivery should also be submitted for this topic area. The topics that will be covered on this track are, but not limited to, early intervention, intellectual disability, late language emergence, social communication disorder, spoken language disorder, written language disorder, dialect, and bilingual issues.

Leadership & Professional Development
Proposals appropriate for this area focus on ethics, leadership, coaching/mentoring, recruitment, performance evaluations, self-care, and professional development issues relating to speech-language pathology and audiology. Topics in this area come from a wide range of practice environments and appeal to clinicians, translational researchers, and administrators. Additionally, presentations may be submitted that cover management, telepractice, private practice, caseload/workload, doctoral programs, and speech-language pathology assistants.

Medical-Based Disorders
Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic include issues relating to assessment and intervention for children and adults in the medical setting. The topics that will be covered in this track include aphasia, swallowing in adults, dementia, documentation in healthcare, cleft lip/palate, pediatric feeding and swallowing, head and neck cancer, neuroplasticity, and traumatic brain injury.



Oral Seminars are 60 or 120 minutes in duration and are intended to provide the audience with a report regarding completed clinical or research studies. The seminar format is also appropriate for the presentation of other pertinent information relevant to communication sciences and disorders.
Technical Sessions are 30 minutes in duration and are intended to provide a forum for basic and applied research or a review of case studies with clinical application (i.e. assessment and/or therapeutic techniques). The Technical Session format is also appropriate for the presentation of preliminary research.

Poster Sessions are 90 minutes in duration and provide visual displays representing clinical or research aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology. The poster session format allows the presenter(s) an opportunity to discuss his/her research in a less formal atmosphere and provides the audience an opportunity for dialogue directly with the presenter(s).

Doctoral Student Research Forum: Students who are currently matriculating in doctoral degree programs are eligible to submit presentations in this format. The Research Forum sessions are 20 minutes in duration plus a 10-minute question and answer period. The forum is intended to provide an opportunity for doctoral students and candidates to present current empirical research at various stages. This format is appropriate for the presentation of project proposals, defense preparation and preliminary research.

Undergraduate or Graduate Student Forum: Students who are currently matriculating in baccalaureate or master's degree programs are eligible to submit presentations in this format. The Student Forum sessions are 20 minutes in duration plus a 10-minute question and answer period. The Student Forum format provides an opportunity for students to present clinical or theoretical research studies.


Call for Papers - Submission Guidelines

Each session requires submission of a Call for Papers application. The application includes the program title, contact person, type of presentation, instructional level, selection of content area, abstract, learning outcomes, and a biography of each author. The content of the proposed presentation should be of scientific, clinical, or professional significance to the sciences and professions. Submission guidelines should be strictly adhered to or paper will be disqualified. Submission of this application is a commitment to register and attend the convention. Applicants are responsible for obtaining written permission from copyright holders for duplication of previously published materials. Also, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that approval for the proposed study is obtained from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of his/her institution.

Selection Criteria

Each proposal meeting the submission criteria will be reviewed for the following elements:

  • Theoretical/Scientific Or Professional Rationale
    • Originality of the Proposal
  • Overall clarity of the Proposal

For Research Proposals, submissions will be reviewed for the following elements:

  • Originality of research questions
  • Strength of research design
  • Credibility of data
  • Integration of findings

For Non-Research Proposals, submissions will be reviewed for the following elements:

  • Interest/Relevance
  • Suitability of information presented for session length
  • Clarity of goals/learning outcomes


All authors of the application will receive email notification of acceptance or rejection by January 24, 2020. Accepted proposals may be scheduled at any time during the convention at the discretion of the program committee unless the presenter indicates reasonable conflicts.


Abstracts of this convention will be published in the convention booklet. Submission of proposal serves as your agreement. Please edit submissions very carefully.

Post-Convention Publication

Presenters wishing to have their presentations considered for publication in the Convention Proceedings (a publication of the most notable convention presentations) should so indicate in the space provided in the Call for Papers application.

Description of Required Information

Title: The title of the paper should be brief (10 words maximum), yet describe the presentation content accurately.

Contact Person: Complete the information for the contact person (preferably the first author). The contact person will receive written notification of acceptance or rejection by January 15, 2019. The contact person will be responsible for notifying the co-authors regarding status of the proposal.

Instructional Level: Select the Instruction Level appropriate for the presentation. Introductory level assumes little or no familiarity with the subject. Intermediate level assumes general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered. Advanced level assumes thorough familiarity with current literature and professional practice.

Full Proposal: Write a concise abstract of the proposed presentation in 1,000 words or less. The abstract should include the purpose(s) of the study, methods, results, and conclusions if the proposal is to present research. If the proposal is a non-empirical presentation of information, the abstract should include the purpose(s), the significance, and a brief description of the proposed presentation.

Learning Outcomes: Learning Outcomes are behavioral statements reflecting the knowledge/skills participants are expected to demonstrate following participation in the session. Learning Outcomes are written in the format, "At the culmination of the session, the participant will be able to..." (e.g., "...describe the function of the swallowing station.", "-list three considerations in selecting candidates for cochlear implants.") Click here for guidelines for Writing Measurable and Observable Learner Outcomes.

Biography of Authors: In narrative form, include a biography (in third person) for each author in the order in which they appear on the Authors page. The biography is limited to 100 words maximum.