About Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders
Special Interest Group 3 is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of the human voice and its manifestations across the life span, drawing on the richness of the body of knowledge existing both within and outside the field of speech-language pathology. The mission of SIG 3 is to provide leadership and advocacy for issues in voice, upper airway, and gender-related communication, to help ensure that delivery of service is provided by qualified individuals, and to acquaint clinicians and consumers with new developments. Issues, trends, and advances will be addressed from four perspectives (professional, clinical, educational, and scientific) and will encompass the following: voice perception; voice anatomy and physiology throughout the life span; the continuum of voice production from disordered through superior performance; biological aspects of laryngeal function as the lower airway protector and upper airway disorders; and vocal adaptations desired for gender identification. Focus will include optimal voice and upper airway function as well as pathophysiology of disorders and their assessment, management and treatment.
- To create a higher profile for the area of voice within ASHA and allied fields with a variety of perspectives on voice
- To broaden educational opportunities by stimulating new programs, developing programs for the Annual ASHA Convention, and increasing awareness of voice education opportunities through a regular newsletter calendar
- To provide voice program strands at the ASHA Annual Convention
- To support the development of credentialing in voice to protect consumers and to help identify the range of people with special expertise in the area of voice (e.g., speech-language pathologists, voice scientists, vocal coaches, studio teachers, and drama coaches)
- To disseminate timely information concerning research, clinical activities, meetings and educational opportunities related to voice
- To establish a clinical network through development of a membership directory, newsletter, listing of meetings and programming at the Annual Convention, and state groups or study sections
- To identify a pool of speakers/resources/information relevant to voice, and to make that information accessible to interested parties through a directory, newsletter, or ASHA hotline (voice mail)
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 3 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.
- 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 voice and voice disorders:
- SIG 3 has an
online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to voice and voice disorders.
- SIG 3 holds an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.
In addition, University of Iowa has a Voiceserve discussion forum (see
how to subscribe).
Representation Within ASHA
- The SIG 3 Coordinator represents the Voice 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.
The Consensus-Auditory Perceptual Evaluation of Voice (CAPE-V) was developed by ASHA Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders. It is a clinical and research tool developed to promote a standardized approach to evaluating and documenting auditory-perceptual judgments of voice quality.
The CAPE-V is available for use and/or license through ASHA. Please feel free to download and use this
instrument form (
CAPE-V procedures and form [PDF]).
Please cite the instrument as Kempster, G. B., Gerratt, B. R., Verdolini Abbott, K., Barkmeier-Kraemer, J., Hillman, R.E. (2009).
Consensus auditory-perceptual evaluation of voice: Development of a standardized clinical protocol. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
For information about its validity, please see
Establishing Validity of the Consensus Auditory-Perceptual Evaluation of Voice (CAPE-V), by Zraick, et. al.
A training "simulation" tool was developed by Dr. Nadine Connor at the University of Wisconsin.
Please note: The scores are not considered a "gold standard" for auditory perceptual training purposes.
Voice Resources on the Web
Coordinating Committee Members
- 2018–2020 Coordinator: Claudio F. Milstein, Cleveland Clinic
- 2019–2020 Associate Coordinator: Kristine M. Tanner, Brigham Young University
- 2018–2020 Editor: Mary J. Sandage, Auburn University
- 2017–2019 Professional Development Manager: Sarah L. Schneider, University of California, San Francisco
- 2019–2021 Member-At-Large: Maia N. Braden, University of Wisconsin Voice and Swallow Clinics
- 2018–2020 Member-At-Large: Aaron M. Johnson, New York University School of Medicine
- Ex Officio: Ann-Mari Pierotti, Associate Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA
Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups .
Professional Development Committee
- Sarah L. Schneider, Professional Development Manager
- Shannon M. Theis
- Mary J. Sandage, Editor
- Ann-Mari Pierotti, 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