February 1, 2013 Departments

Spotlight on Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders

When was SIG 4 founded?

ASHA's Special Interest Group 4 (formerly Special Interest Division 4) was founded in 1990. SIG 4 was the first ASHA-supported group of professionals devoted to the concerns and treatment of people who stutter. In an early member survey, four key areas were identified as essential to the work of the SIG: advocacy for people who stutter; specialization in fluency and fluency disorders; research and training in stuttering; and communication with ASHA boards, colleagues and the public about stuttering.

Currently, SIG 4 leaders and members serve as advocates and gatekeepers for the population of people who stutter and for the professionals who serve them.

How many ASHA members currently affiliate with SIG 4?

As of December 2012, the total number of SIG 4 affiliates was 1,121.

Why should ASHA members affiliate with SIG 4?

A major benefit of affiliating with SIG 4 is easier access to other ASHA members who share an interest in fluency disorders. Affiliating with SIG 4 provides a sense of community within the larger ASHA association.

The SIG 4 community provides networking and e-mail access to all its affiliates. By affiliating, members have opportunities to learn the newest techniques and research ideas from expert clinicians and researchers in the field, in face-to-face and virtual formats. SIG 4 affiliates also benefit from the many resources available on the ASHA Community site.

In addition, SIG 4 project teams have been working to meet the needs of members in academic settings, specifically students and clinicians interested in stuttering. Ongoing projects include identifying Common Procedural Terminology (©American Medical Association) and International Classification of Diseases codes for the diagnosis and treatment of stuttering. Outcomes may also improve reimbursement fees for the clinical practitioner. Other SIG 4 projects include examining reading fluency measures for children who stutter and developing a fluency assessment template for children who stutter.

How does SIG 4 affect the membership at large?

SIG 4 continues to sponsor sessions in fluency disorders at the ASHA convention, advocates for reimbursement in stuttering, and provides ASHA website resources that are available to all members.

In 2012, several SIG 4 members participated in an online conference titled "Case Studies in Fluency Disorders" (archived web presentations are available at ASHA's Online Store). The program included sessions on treating stuttering across the age span and presentations on treating stuttering and concomitant disorders (such as stuttering and attention deficit disorder).

What are two benefits of affiliating with SIG 4 that everyone should know about?

The SIG 4 online community provides affiliates with a discussion forum for clinical and research questions. Every affiliate also has access to all SIG 4 Perspectives issues, with CEUs available at a very low cost.

Affiliates also receive a discount on the sponsored short course at the ASHA convention.

Which of your recent Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders articles are must-reads for CSD professionals?

The following articles-just a sampling of many published in Perspectives-represent the breadth of talent in SIG 4.


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