Virtual Conferences 2023

CALL FOR SPEAKERS

  • TalkTools® will be holding two virtual conferences in 2023
  • The Conference Planning Committee is currently seeking relevant, topical and thought-provoking presentation abstracts for BOTH conferences. Review additional information below.

Power of Communication

Main Conference: May 18-20

Special Add-On: May 25
AAC in 2023

Accepting speaker abstracts through March 1, 2023

  •  TalkTools® Spring Conference 2023 will focus on speech-related clinical topics, including (but not limited to): AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and communication, CAS (childhood apraxia of speech), cleft lip and palate, cognitive/intellectual disabilities and speech, differential diagnosis of speech sound disorders, early intervention, late language emergence, non-verbal communications, oral-motor approaches, (impacts of) orofacial myofunctional disorders on speech, resonance issues, selective mutism, social communication disorders, spoken language disorders, voice disorders, oral-motor approaches (including Oral Placement Therapy (OPT)™)

Professional topics are also welcome: Bilingual service delivery, carryover, cultural responsiveness, goal setting, program planning, teletherapy.

Feeding First™ 2023

Main Conference: October 26-28

Special Add-On: Nov 2
Infant Feeding

Accepting speaker abstracts through June 1, 2023

  • TalkTools® Fall Conference 2023 will focus on feeding-related clinical topics, including (but not limited to): aerodigestive disorders, ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder), feeding and the client with ASD (autism spectrum disorder), baby-led feeding, breast/chest/bottle feeding, cleft lip and palate, cognitive/intellectual disabilities and feeding, early intervention, infant feeding, g-tube, NICU, oral-motor approaches, orofacial myofunctional disorders and feeding, PFD (pediatric feeding disorder), responsive feeding, sensory regulation and feeding, swallowing disorders/dysphagia, transition from breast/chest/bottle to table

Professional topics are also welcome: Bilingual service delivery, carryover, cultural responsiveness, goal setting, program planning, teletherapy.

FAQs

What are the benefits of being a TalkTools® Virtual Conference speaker?

  • Present your expertise on a key topic to 100s of speech and feeding professionals around the world
  • Grow your network across the globe
  • Expand your visibility
  • Build partnerships with other speech and feeding professionals
  • Complimentary access to all conference sessions
  • Exclusive speaker "swag"

What are we looking for in your presentation?

We're looking for:

  • Multidisciplinary, diverse speakers and topics: we welcome presentations from first-time speakers, professional experts, and from everyone in between! Whatever your speech and feeding background and experience, we prefer hearing about new approaches than about tried-and-tested techniques. The educational value of the presentation is essential - thinly disguised sales pitches will not be selected.
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  • Practical, hands-on applications -- interactive techniques over theory: we encourage presentations that include case studies, interactive portions, hands-on techniques and applications. Participants want to hear your story as it pertains to your topic: think of lessons learned, strategies and recommendations that have you helped you grow personally and professionally. Always cite and reference your sources but do not create an academic, theoretical dissertation.
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  • Audience awareness: TalkTools® Training is renowned for continuing education speech and feeding professionals can apply right away in their daily practice. Our conferences are no different. When developing your abstract, keep in mind that you will be speaking to an audience with various levels of expertise and experience. Your presentation doesn't have to be relevant to everyone, but it should be relevant to most people and shouldn't make too many assumptions about what people already know. Conference participants are anticipating a multidisciplinary, interactive, highly applicable training experience.

Can I submit abstracts for BOTH conferences?

    • YES! If you have expertise and interest in topics that may fall in either or both speech and feeding, we encourage you to submit abstracts for both conferences. We encourage speakers to submit SEPARATE topics for each conference -- but if your topic might fit (or combine) both speech and feeding, you may submit the same abstract for both conferences -- but the abstract will only be selected for one conference (you will not be selected to speak at both conferences)

What are the abstract submission requirements?

    1. Submit your presentation details on the deadline posted via the "Submit Your Abstract" button associated with the conference that you are interested in presenting
    2. If you are interested in speaking at BOTH conference, you must submit an abstract for EACH conference
    3. Abstracts are 1 page maximumand must include your first name, last name, professional credentials, presentation title, presentation description, 3-4 learning outcomes a timed agenda and 2-3 straightforward questions based on your presentation. Here is TEMPLATE.
    4. Here is a screenshot of the template:

What are the deadlines?

  1. Submit your abstract by the deadline posted above
  2. MAY 19-20 POWER OF COMMUNICATION CONFERENCE: The Conference Planning Committee will review abstracts and provide acceptance status by MARCH 20, 2023
  3. OCTOBER 27-28 FEEDING FIRST CONFERENCE: The Conference Planning Committee will review abstracts and provide acceptance status by JUNE 20, 2023
  4. If you are accepted as a speaker, the Continuing Education & Training Team will follow up shortly after with additional information, including compensation, conference schedules, presentation requirements and other details