We’re just days away from the first ever hybrid ASHA Convention, featuring the in-person learning and networking you love along with expanded options that will allow you to participate from your home, office, or wherever you like. Poster presentations are always an important part of the Convention, and a select few are presented with ASHA’s Meritorious Poster Award.

The Meritorious Poster Awards represent 60 important posters submitted to Convention—and less than 5% of applicants received this prestigious award. Some of the research related to these award-winning posters has also been published in the ASHA Journals, so join us in celebrating these researchers by checking out their articles below. Whether you’re reading the articles during breaks in the hybrid Convention or afterwards, we’re sure you’ll find something of interest!

Training and the Workplace

Advancing Workplace Diversity Through the Culturally Responsive Teamwork Framework—by Suzanne C. Hopf, Kathryn Crowe, Sarah Verdon, Helen L. Blake, and Sharynne McLeod: You can learn about this unique framework designed to increase workplace diversity at the ASHA Convention, but why not get a head start in AJSLP? The framework describes workplace behaviors that can promote principles of evidence-based practice and social justice.

Job Satisfaction of School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists in New York State as a Function of Workplace Features—by Rebecca Amir, Skott E. Jones, Danielle Frankel, and Jessica Fritzsch: One of the most populous states in the U.S., New York has struggled due to a number of unfilled positions for school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs). In this Perspectives article, the authors surveyed school-based SLPs, finding that advocating for a workload analysis, promoting a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the school-based SLP, and placing limits on the number of students served can improve job satisfaction and help recruit new school-based SLPs.

Measuring Clinician–Client Relationships in Speech-Language Treatment for School-Age Children—by Kerry Danahy Ebert: Before you check out Kerry Danahy Ebert and Marilyn Fairchild’s poster this year—which focuses on improving clinician–client relationships in treatment for school-age children—read this previous work validating the measures that they use. This AJSLP article also discusses the importance of these measures in future research.

Intelligibility and Infant Feeding

Patterns of Misidentified Vowels in Individuals With Dysarthria Secondary to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis—by Jimin Lee, Heejin Kim and Yong Jung: Coauthor Jimin Lee’s poster at this year’s ASHA Convention focuses on vowel intelligibility in individuals with dysarthria secondary to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In this article from last summer—covering a similar topic—the authors found that limited tongue-height control is the main dysfunction leading to misidentified vowels in this population.

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: New Research Insights on Infant Sucking and Feeding Development—by Alaina Martens and Emily Zimmerman: The award-winning poster by Martens, Hines, and Zimmerman on non-nutritive feeding goes hand in hand with this article by two of the authors in Perspectives. This article focuses on a serious lung condition in premature newborns, reviewing current literature and presenting clinical implications.

Thank You

It’s been a long road to the 2021 ASHA Hybrid Convention, and we’d like to thank every ASHA member for their support over the last 2 years! Whether you’re joining in DC, logging in to the hybrid convention, or reading the ASHA Journals, we hope that you’re able to take some time this week to catch up on the latest in communication sciences and disorders.

You can learn more about what to expect from the ASHA Convention, including a full list of events and a virtual library, on the Convention website. Be sure to check back with the ASHA Journals throughout the year to see all the latest research. And look for our tweets from (and follow us on!) @ASHAJournals during Convention!