About Special Interest Group 2, Neurogenic Communication 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 of the ASHA Special Interest Groups
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the online peer-reviewed scholarly review journal of the SIGs. SIG 2 offers new self-study CE activities through Perspectives each 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.
Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences has conducted extensive literature reviews in order to develop guidelines to assist clinicians in the decision-making process for management of specific populations. Documents are available for:
speechBITE is a comprehensive database that allows speech-language pathology clinicians and researchers to efficiently access the best available evidence to inform speech-language pathology practice and research.
Coordinating Committee Members
- 2018–2020 Coordinator: Heather M. Clark, Mayo Clinic
- 2019–2020 Associate Coordinator: James G. Schumacher, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
- 2019–2021 Editor: Peter A. Meulenbroek, University of Kentucky
- 2020–2022 Professional Development Manager: Melissa A. Johnson, Nazareth College
- 2019–2021 Member-at-Large: Jessica A. Brown, University of Arizona
- 2018–2020 Member-at-Large: Kimberly C. McCullough, Appalachian State University
- Ex Officio: Rebecca C. Politis, Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA
Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest
Professional Development Committee
- Melissa A. Johnson, Professional Development Manager
- Karen A. McLaughlin
- Bryan M. Ness
- Connie K. Porcaro
- Peter A. Meulenbroek, Editor
- Rebecca C. Politis, Ex Officio
Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors
- Sharon Sandridge, 2019–2021 Vice President for Audiology Practice
- Marie C. Ireland, 2018–2020 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice