2023 NDSLHA State Convention

The 2023 NDSLHA Conference will be held on March 23, 2023 at the Clarion Hotel in Minot, ND. The conference will be held in-person only.

New this year – an exhibit hall! Advertise your business to over 100 attendees, including SLPs and SLP graduate students! Find more information and register here: Exhibitor Registration

Poster presentations – we will have poster presentations at the conference. The Call for Papers will be open through February 15, 2023. Submit your proposal here: https://forms.office.com/r/CmQSA9NBQ2


Evidence Based Practice and Assessment-Based Decisions

Dr. Elena Plante

Recent surveys of SLPs indicate that they are familiar with the idea of evidence based practice for treatment but do not associate that term with assessment.  Moreover, clinicians are often not armed with the information they would need to assure they are providing evidence-based assessment. This leaves clinicians ill-equipped to address assessment issues that may arise.  These include due process hearings around service eligibility and disagreements that can arise when a client is tested by professionals from multiple disciplines and those test results disagree. Given that standardized tests are not “valid” or “invalid” overall, but only in relation to the purpose for which the test scores are being used, it is important that SLPs evaluate their specific purpose for giving a test (identify a disorder, estimate severity, identify strengths and weaknesses, etc.) with the specific evidence that supports that interpretation.  This presentation will provide a master class in the evidence behind evidence-based practice in assessment with hands on practice.  Attendees are asked to bring with them the technical manual and normative tables for a test that they frequently use in their practice.

Learner objectives:

  1. Learners will be able to distinguish among purposes for administering standardized tests.
  2. Learners will be able to match the evidence needed to address each purpose.
  3. Learners will be able to state the limits of what standardized tests can and cannot provide in the assessment process.


Elena Plante, PhD CCC-SLP is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona.  She has conducted basic and clinical research, including in the area of assessment, for 30 years. She has over 100 journal publications, a text book, and three clinical tests.  Her work has been recognized with four editors awards for outstanding research, ASHA Honors of the Association, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bergen, Norway.


Registration information will be available soon!

2023 NSSLHA Conference

The Minot State NSSLHA conference will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023 on the campus of Minot State University.

Information will be available soon!