Call for Posters

WESS Conference Co-Chairs invite students and professionals in the field of Audiology, Education, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech-Language Pathology, to submit a proposal to the Call for Posters on topics that are related to communication disorders in the paediatric population. Topics related to teen and adult populations will be welcome and considered as well.

Submission Guidelines

  • Title of you proposal is not to exceed 15 words, using title case.
  • The abstract should contain a brief description of your proposal, not to exceed 75 words.
  • Abstracts are not edited and are published in the online conference program as submitted.
  • Submitted abstracts should not contain any errors.
  • Three learner outcomes should be included that are worded as such that learning behaviours can be observed or measured. Begin writing learner outcomes with the sentence: “Following the poster presentation, the participant will be able to”, followed by action verbs (e.g.“describe,” identify,“discuss,” “list,” etc.)
  • Provide a summary of your poster, which is not to exceed 1000 words, that will be included in the program on the day of the conference. The summary is to be complete with references.
  • Complete the Disclosure Form.
  • You will be contacted within two weeks of submission regarding the decision made by the WESS Conference Co-Chairs.

Preparation for Poster Presentation

  • Your poster will be placed on the wall of the conference room for viewing.
  • Handouts for your posters are optional. If you wish to upload a copy of your poster to SoundIntuition’s website for participants to download, please provide a copy of the poster (in .pdf format) to us no later than one week prior to the conference date.
  • You will be asked to give a 5-15 minute poster presentation. The allotted time will be provided two weeks prior to the conference.

Presenter Agreement and Disclosure Policy

Every person submitting a presentation/poster, or listed as an author for a presentation for consideration at a WESS conference/event (by SoundIntuition), is required to complete a Disclosure Form indicating any financial or non-financial relationship related to the content of the proposed presentation.

Submissions to present posters are due by Thursday, October 5, 2017.

General Submission Agreement

By submitting a proposal to present at a WESS conference, you explicitly agree:

  • That all authors participating in the presentation (presenting authors) shall register for the WESS conference.
  • To present in the time slot and format assigned by SoundIntuition.
  • 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 humour that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any person or group.
  • To complete the required disclosures that identify any financial or non-financial relationship that may create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest, as defined in our CEU Providers’ guidelines concerning transparency and disclosure.
  • To update your disclosure information and inform SoundIntuition if you develop or acquire a financial or non-financial interest related to the content of your presentation at any time before the WESS conference.
  • To present a slide at the beginning of your presentation that discloses the financial and non-financial relationships of each author of the session. If your contribution is a poster session, you will post your disclosure information 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 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 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 presentation or handouts.
  • To grant SoundIntuition permission to photograph you and publish the photograph(s) on SoundIntuition’s website, social media, digital or printed materials.

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

Disclosure Policy

SoundIntuition defines a conflict of interest as any financial or non-financial consideration or relationship relevant to course content that compromises or has the potential to compromise professional judgment. Providers of events approved for 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 non-financial relationship does not prevent you from speaking. Disclosing such relationships is intended to give WESS 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 non-financial relationships disqualifies you from speaking at a WESS conference.

If your presentation is accepted, the information you provide will be disclosed on our website. 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, either verbally or visually (in your slides or on your poster). We will provide additional guidelines for on-site disclosures after acceptance.

Examples of relevant and disclosable financial relationships may include:

  • Being an employee of, or a paid consultant to, an organization whose product or service you discuss in your presentation
  • Receiving grant funds for a research project you discuss in your presentation
  • Receiving royalties from the sale of a book whose content you discuss in your presentation
  • Patent holder
  • Ownership interest (stocks, stock options, or other ownership interests)
  • Examples of relevant and disclosable non-financial relationships may include:
  • Serving as a formal advisor to a review panel
  • Sitting on the board of an organization whose product or service you discuss in your presentation
  • Receiving an award or honour from an organization whose product or service you discuss in your presentation

Adapted on documentation on ASHA’s website on September 7, 2016

Sample Course Content, Speaker Biographies, and Their Disclosure Statements

Course Description

The Adventures in Voice course is a novel approach to voice therapy for children, which, in contrast to the traditional approach, does not discourage children from using loud voice. Instead, Adventures in Voice (AIV) is founded on the premise that “children will be children” and, rather than restricting their phonation, the therapist should provide training in how to produce normal and loud voice—safely. The biomechanical underpinnings of the program arise from basic science studies, which reveal that a barely ad/abducted vocal fold configuration should allow children to produce voice fairly loudly while at the same time minimizing inter-vocal fold impact stress, which is implicated as the primary source of phonotrauma. Also, the approach to learning in AIV departs from traditional learning models that emphasize instrumental conditioning and extrinsic rewards. This AIV program may be appropriate for children with voice problems related to under- or overadduction of the vocal folds, which is the majority of pathology affecting voice in children.


The Katherine Verdolini Abbott, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor of Communication Science & Disorders in the School of Health & Rehabilitation Services at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research focuses on the role of vocalization for wound healing in the larynx, motor learning principles applied to models of voice therapy, and clinical trials in voice therapy.  She developed and conducts workshops on a systematic approach to voice training for adults with hyper- and hypo-adductory vocal disorders: Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Training. She is a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and received the Honors of the Association in 2009.

Speaker Disclosure

Financial: Dr Verdolini Abbott is a salaried full professor in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. She is co-author of a text on voice and voice disorders—Vocology, for which she receives royalties. She also receives royalties from Plural Publishing, Inc., based on sales of manuals for Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy. She receives an honorarium for continuing education courses and seminars, including this one. Finally, she receives financial compensation for intermittent teaching of voice disorders courses in other venues besides the University of Pittsburgh and or occasional reviews of grants from the National Institutes of Health and other sources.

Non-financial: In addition to her salaried faculty position, Dr Verdolini Abbott is a non-salaried faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Voice and is an occasional reviewer for several other peer-reviewed journals.

Documentation from ASHA’s website on September 7, 2016

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