About Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders


The ASHA SIG on Fluency and Fluency Disorders is a nationally recognized authority providing education, research, and support to help speech-language pathologists achieve excellence in treating people who stutter.


  • To provide speech-language pathologists with resources and education that (a) facilitate understanding of fluency disorders and (b) promote effective treatment of people with fluency disorders.
  • To support new and ongoing research on the nature, diagnosis, and treatment of fluency disorders.
  • To improve the quality of life for people with fluency disorders through advocacy and public education.

Study and Professional Issues

Study Issues

  • Definition, identification, and measurement
  • Nature of disorders
  • Status of research and clinical information and implications for evaluation and treatment
  • Issues related to treatment approaches
  • Prevention and early intervention (preschool)
  • Management of elementary school-aged children
  • Therapy for upper school age and adults
  • Special topics such as counseling, transfer, follow-up, and measurement of progress
  • Innovations in school therapy programs
  • Directions of and designs for basic and applied research
  • The multidimensionality of fluency disorders
  • Ethnic variables and treatment goals and practices

Professional Issues

  • Ways of improving the education and training of researchers and clinicians
  • Clinical certification standards related to professional training
  • The recognition of specialists
  • Sponsoring the discussion of controversial issues
  • Instrumentation in treatment
  • Promoting the publication of a broad range of information needed by various segments of professionals (school clinicians, laboratory researchers, university professors, etc.)
  • Multidisciplinary interaction
  • The role of self-help and consumer groups
  • Funding of clinical developments and research
  • Participation in international activities

Help shape future developments in these and other areas of activity! The ultimate objectives of the SIG will be determined by its affiliates.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders

Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders is the SIG's online publication. Perspectives is published two times annually, in May and November. SIG 4's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders features:

  • News of SIG activities
  • The latest on research and clinical topics
  • Coverage of current professional, practice, and legislative and regulatory issues

Online Chats

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.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit 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 affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in fluency and fluency disorders:

  • SIG 4 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to fluency and fluency disorders.
  • SIG 4 holds an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 4 Coordinator represents the Fluency 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.

Coordinating Committee


SIG Coordinator: Craig Edward Coleman, Marshall University
Associate Coordinator: Charles A. Osbourne, University of Wisconsin
Perspectives Editor: Joseph G. Donaher, Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
Professional Development Manager: Jennifer L. Kleinow, La Salle University
Sarah M. Smits-Bandstra, St. Cloud State University
John A Tetnowski, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Ex Officio:
Diane Paul, Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

Associate Editor: Farzan Irani, Texas State University
Editorial Review Board

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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