American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Special Interest Groups News and Announcements

2014 SIG Convention Activities (by SIG)

There will be several SIG activities and sessions [PDF] during the ASHA Convention in Orlando this November, including Short Courses, Invited Sessions [PDF], and Affiliate Meetings. Additional information about education sessions, including presenter information and course description, is available through the Program Planner. Note: ASHA members who are SIG affiliates may purchase tickets to SIG-developed Short Courses for $40 each.

Special Interest Groups Elect New Coordinating Committee Members

Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to the SIG Coordinating Committees* for the 2015–2017 term.

  • SIG 1, Language Learning and Education: Nichole A. Mulvey, Geralyn R. Timler
  • SIG 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders: Darla K. Hagge
  • SIG 3, Voice and Voice Disorders: Eric J. Hunter
  • SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders: Sarah M. Smits-Bandstra, John A. Tetnowski
  • SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation: Nicole L. Marrone
  • SIG 8, Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance: Vickie L. Tuten
  • SIG 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood: Carrie Spangler
  • SIG 10, Issues in Higher Education: Richard (Rik) R. Lemoncello
  • SIG 11, Administration and Supervision: Judith A. Brasseur, Barbara L. Zucker
  • SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Nicole L. Dupre, Katharine (Katya) Hill
  • SIG 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: Twhanna Jones Green, Mahchid Namazi
  • SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders: Karen E. Pollock

*The SIG Coordinating Committees (CCs) are responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of the SIGs. CC members, with the exception of the Editor and Professional Development Manager, are elected by a plurality vote of the affiliates in the respective SIG. 

Thanks to all SIG affiliates who voted; with your involvement, we were able to reach an overall voter participation of 9.47%!

Live Online Chats

Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision and Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues, will sponsor a Live Online Chat September 24, 2014, titled "Mentoring Clinical Fellows in Schools: Welcoming the Challenge." The following panelists will be available to answer questions:

  • Melanie Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, director, EBS Healthcare, SIG 11 coordinator
  • Laura Young-Campbell, MS,CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, senior SLP for Matanuska-Susitna Borough Schools, SIG 16 coordinator

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).

Special Interest Group 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, will sponsor a Live Online Chat September 30, 2014, titled "The Value of Integrating AR Into Your Dispensing Practice." The following panelists will be available to answer questions:

  • Joseph Montano, EdD, associate professor of audiology, director, audiology and speech language pathology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • Dusty Jessen, AuD, CCC-A, founder, Cut to the Chase Communication, LLC, and director of audiology, Columbine Audiology, Inc., Littleton, Colorado

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).

Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education, will sponsor a Live Online Chat October 14, 2014, titled "Evidence-Based Clinical Decision-Making: AAC and Aphasia." The following panelists will be available to answer questions:

  • Sonia Cabell, PhD, research scientist, The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia
  • Linda Lombardino, PhD, professor of special education, University of Florida
  • Mark Hallenbeck, PhD, professor of education, Augustana College

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).

Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, will sponsor a Live Online Chat October 23, 2014, titled "Engaging in Ethical and Sustainable International Experiences." The following panelists will be available to answer questions:

  • Brooke Hallowell, PhD, CCC-SLP, professor and director of Neurolinguistics Laboratory, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ohio University. Dr. Hallowell assists in developing academic programs in CSD in underserved regions. She also coordinates the international project on Aging, Disability, and Access to Care in Asia (ADACA) and chairs the Global Engagement Committee for the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Ellen Hickey, PhD, CCC-SLP, associate professor, School of Human Communication Disorders, Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Hickey has spent time in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Belize training local educators and health care workers to work with persons with communication disabilities (largely from cerebral palsy and other neurological problems). She has developed an interest in ethical issues in "voluntourism" and medical tourism and is particularly concerned with developing ways to ensure that volunteer activities are culturally appropriate, empowering, and sustainable.

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).

Special Interest Group 5, Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, will sponsor a Live Online Chat October 28, 2014, titled "Managing Feeding & Swallowing Issues in Children with Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders." The following panelists will be available to answer questions:

  • Scott Dailey, PhD, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist-adjunct assistant professor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Kristen DeLuca, MS, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
  • Kerry Mandulak, PhD, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and assistant professor at Pacific University

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).

ASHAWire

Perspectives has moved to ASHAWire, the new online home it shares with The ASHA Leader and ASHA journals.

Upcoming SIG Face-to-Face Meetings

September 19–20

SIG 10, Issues in Higher Education , Coordinating Committee Meeting

September 29–30

SIG 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, Coordinating Committee Meeting

October 16–17

SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, Coordinating Committee Meeting

Past Online Chats

View earlier online chats dating back to April 2010.

Changes to our CEU Formula

Since January 1, 2013, ASHA has applied a consistent set of procedures for CEU calculation to all Perspectives. The number of CEUs offered with each SIG's Perspectives self-studies are calculated in the same way. For most SIGs, there has been no change in the number of CEUs. Others have seen a slightly lower or higher number of CEUs. See more information on how CEUs are calculated.

Access Every SIG's Perspectives

Affiliates of ASHA's 18 Special Interest Groups are able to access every SIG's Perspectives—that's 200 new articles annually and more than 2,000 archived articles.

Low annual fees are $35/SIG for ASHA members, ASHA International Affiliates, and ASHA Associates and $10/SIG for students (members of National NSSLHA and ASHA members who are full-time doctoral candidates).

Other great benefits include

  • The opportunity to earn ASHA CEUs for self-study of your SIG's Perspectives for only $5 per issue/exam! Non-affiliates pay a higher fee to earn CEUs.
  • A 50% discount on registration fees for select Convention Short Courses.
  • Discounts on other ASHA continuing education activities.
  • Networking with colleagues on your SIG's exclusive Online Community.

Join one or more of ASHA's 18 SIGs today!

SIG Restructuring

The Special Interest Divisions are now Special Interest Groups! A letter from ASHA Past President Tommie Robinson was sent to all ASHA members addressing the resolution approved by the ASHA Board of Directors, based on the Task Force report on Division program restructuring and the feedback provided by ASHA members. Frequently Asked Questions and the Task Force Report [PDF] are available online.

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