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Free webinar draws largest gathering ever
[March 24, 2020]

Free webinar draws largest gathering ever

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest professional development event, real or virtual, in the history of speech-language pathology and audiology was held yesterday, attracting over 42,000 participants worldwide for this online event.

After the California Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA) was forced to cancel its annual conference last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it collaborated with on this timely, unprecedented online event focused on teletherapy. The event not only meets unprecedented need for information on this subject, but it also supports the profession in providing much-needed continuing education units for licensure.

The webinar, entitled Teletherapy Bootcamp, included seven hours of instruction addressing all things teletherapy for speech-language hearing professionals, from early intervention, to pediatric, school-ased and adult therapy.

"This webinar is the unanticipated, initial result of several months of conversation with CSHA about the changing nature of professional development in our field and the growing need for virtual offerings," said Darla Torkelson, CEO of

"When CSHA was forced to cancel our conference last week, we immediately went to work with SpeechTherapyPD to explore ways to meet the immediate needs in the field," said CSHA CEO Brian Lewis. "To say we're thrilled with the number of participants is a huge understatement."

CSHA will continue to explore innovative online professional development opportunities for its members.

About CSHA
CSHA supports a community of over 3,000 California speech-language pathologists, audiologists, speech language pathology and audiology support personnel, and students who provide life-changing support to those with speech, hearing and language challenges. CSHA empowers practitioners to change lives by providing a collaborative environment for resources and research, connections and continuing education, evidence-based practice, strategic advocacy, and thought leadership.

About serves speech-language pathologists and SLPAs worldwide by providing meaningful online learning opportunities and continuing education experiences that inspire clinicians and enhance therapy on a holistic level.

Media Contacts:
CSHA: Kevin Swartzendruber,, 916-546-6599 Chad Torkelsen,, 503-929-0355

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SOURCE California Speech Language Hearing Association

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