NCSHLA's 2020 Annual Convention

April 22 - 24

The North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language Association Board of Directors has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Convention, scheduled for April 22-24 in Winston-Salem, due to the continued rapid spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

In recent days, a number of significant changes have made cancellation of our Annual Convention unavoidable. The Governor of North Carolina declared a State of Emergency and strongly recommended that all events with over 100 participants be cancelled. In addition, new travel restrictions imposed by universities and employers around the country prevented a growing portion of our registrants from participating in our Convention as presenters and attendees.

We will explore alternate continuing education programs with presenters as part of our ongoing commitment to equipping Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists with the resources needed to provide effective services and to enhance the lives of citizens in North Carolina who have communication impairments.

NCSHLA has instituted a flexible refund policy that gives registrants the option to apply their registration fee as a credit for future continuing education events, or receive a full refund. If you or your organization would like to defer your registration investment to be applied to a future event, you must contact no later than Monday, March 30, 2020. Otherwise, full refunds will be issued automatically within 60 days from March 15, 2020. If you booked a hotel room, you will need to cancel your hotel reservations immediately.

We will share additional information that is usually discussed at the annual business meeting (e.g., budget, election, awards, etc.) in the near future. If you have a concern that is not addressed here, please email


Marriott Winston-Salem
425 N. Cherry Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Reservations: 336-725-3500 (room rate $169 - single/double)

**When making your hotel reservation to receive the discounted rate, please reference "SPEECH HEAR & LANG."


Use the hotel reservation link below to book your room at the discounted rate!

Benton Convention Center
301 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Contact Information

NCSHLA Central Office: 919-833-3984

Important Deadlines

Hotel Deadline: March 22, 2020
Pre-Registration Deadline: March 22, 2020

Featured Speakers

Michelle Arnold: Audiology
Understanding and increasing hearing healthcare use in vulnerable populations

Michelle Arnold is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee in the College of Science and Mathematics and investigator for the Auditory Rehabilitation and Clinical Trials laboratory. Her primary areas of interest are hearing health policies and impacts on older adults, hearing healthcare access and utilization, and the hearing health of vulnerable and minority populations. Dr. Arnold’s current projects include examining hearing aid use in adults from Hispanic/Latino background and developing targeted interventions to address system barriers to hearing healthcare utilization in the US.

Rachel Arntson: Speech-Language Pathology
Connections in a Disconnected World - Treating the Young Child with Autism

Rachel Arntson has been a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area since 1980 with an expertise in early intervention. Rachel is an experienced speaker and the owner and creator of all Talk It Rock It products including 10 critically acclaimed song and movie sets, the WE CAN TALK parent training book, and the Blast Off Board Sound Sequencing Set. Her passion for music and fun is reflected in both her products and presentations. For more information, please visit

Ed Bice: Speech-Language Pathology
Bridging the Gap: Essential Concepts in the Treatment of Dysphagia

Ed Bice is a Speech-Language Pathologist currently in the role of Clinical Program Consultant for ACP’s Synchrony dysphagia program. Ed has worked in the health care industry with extensive training in dysphagia. His experience includes a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient, home health and skilled nursing.

Carol Koch: Speech-Language Pathology
Speech Sound Disorders: Beyond the Basics

Carol Koch, EdD, is currently Professor and Graduate Program Director at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She has been a practicing speech language pathologist for 32 years. Much of her clinical work has been in early intervention, with a focus on children with autism spectrum disorder and children with severe speech sound disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech and pediatric feeding. Her research and teaching interests have also encompassed early phonological development, speech sound disorders, CAS, and ASD.

Regina Painter:Speech-Language Pathology
Communication and Swallowing Management for Patient’s requiring

Regina Painter, MS CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Asheville Specialty Hospital, a long term acute care hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, which specializes in the tracheostomy and ventilator population. With over 10 years of experience, Regina has worked with patient’s requiring tracheostomy, with or without mechanical ventilation, in both inpatient and post-acute settings. She is trained in both Videofluroscopy and Endoscopic Swallow evaluations, and collaborates with the inter-disciplinary team to enhance patient outcomes.

Wayne Secord: Speech-Language Pathology
Pathways to Clinical Leadership Excellence

Wayne A. Secord, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a retired professor at The Ohio State University and a Summer Visiting Instructor at Northern Arizona University (NAU). An ASHA Fellow and Honors recipient, Dr. Secord has authored or co-authored more than 95 publications and served as the editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools from 1992 to 1998. His publications and other innovations have helped millions of children with disabilities and empowered thousands of professionals in the field. A former school SLP, Dr. Secord is a frequent presenter and a nationally recognized expert on clinical and educational assessment, children with disabilities in speech, language, and literacy, and the delivery of school-based speech-language services.

Mary Weidner, Ph.D.: Speech-Language Pathology
Stuttering: Basics and Beyond

Mary Weidner is an Assistant Professor in the Communication and Sciences department at Edinboro University where she instructs courses in stuttering and counseling. Her research focuses on measuring and improving children's attitudes toward peers with communication disorders. She developed the Attitude Change and Tolerance program (InterACT), an educational program that teaches children about human differences and how to interact with others who are different.

THE KNOWLEDGE BOWL for students will be held Friday! Come and support our future colleagues!