About Special Interest Group 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
To facilitate the highest level of professional practice provided to individuals with neurogenic communication disorders.
To be the voice within ASHA that will promote, interpret, and disseminate information that is relevant to neurogenic communication disorders and to serve as a conduit for the exchange of information and ideas among SIG affiliates.
Specifically, SIG 2 aims to:
- provide clinicians and researchers with resources and education related to neurogenic communication disorders,
- promote excellence in evidence-based clinical practice for individuals with neurogenic communication disorders and their families, and
- assist with the development and dissemination of basic and applied research in neurogenic communication disorders.
Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs
Perspectives, our publication
Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders is the SIG's online-only publication, published by ASHA with HighWire Press. Perspectives is published 4 times annually in April, June, October, and December/January. SIG 2's issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs.
Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders features:
- News of SIG activities
- The latest on research and clinical topics
- Coverage of current professional, practice, and legislative and regulatory issues
Access SIG 2 Perspectives indexes (2006) [PDF]
Access SIG 2 Perspectives archive by year
SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.
- SIG 2 sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention. SIG 2 affiliates are eligible for a 50 percent discount on these programs.
- Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education units by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
- Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.
SIG 2 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to neurophysiology and neurogenic speech and language disorders. Become part of a professional community dedicated to serving individuals with neurogenic communication disorders.
- Join your colleagues and help improve clinical service delivery
- Increase awareness and availability of evidence-based practice guidelines in neurogenic communication disorders
- Advocate for the profession and individuals with neurogenic communication disorders
- Increase awareness of the issues that affect service delivery to those with neurogenic communication disorders
- Increase integration of best practices within the constraints of the clinical employment environment
SIG 2 also holds an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.
Representation Within ASHA
- The SIG 2 Coordinator represents the Neurogenics Special Interest Group within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
- The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
- Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.
- Advocacy Committee: Addressing issues to assist affiliates as they advocate for their patients, themselves, and the profession.
- Research Committee: Working to promote leadership in clinical research by (a) recruiting, developing, and mentoring young researchers and (b) fostering treatment research.
- Education and Mentoring Committee: Fostering professional development in both clinical and research areas.
- Clinical Issues Committee: Working to disseminate information to affiliates to help them improve the quality of patient care they provide.
The potential of ASHA's Special Interest Group 2 is limited only by the imaginations of those who choose to join. We hope you will find this SIG suited to your needs and interests.
Coordinator: Carole Roth, Naval Medical Center
Associate Coordinator: Mary H. Purdy, Southern Connecticut State University
Perspectives Editor: Michael de Riesthal, Vanderbilt University
Gloriajean Wallace, University of Cincinnati
Sarah Wallace, Duquesne University
Ex Officio: Janet Brown, Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA
SIG Volunteer Program Managers
CE Content Manager: Amanda Hereford, Vanderbilt University
Editorial Review Board
Staff Liaison for Communications
Tori Koulakjian, Editorial Assistant, ASHA
Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Gail J. Richard, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice