About Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders

Vision

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 assessment and intervention for people with fluency disorders.

Mission

  • To provide speech-language pathologists with resources and education that (a) facilitate understanding of fluency disorders and (b) promote accurate and effective intervention for 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

  • Defining, identifying, and measuring fluency disorders 
  • Research needs and methodologies for basic and applied research 
  • Prevention and early intervention for the pre-school age child and family   
  • Treatment efficacy for children and adults with fluency disorders  
  • Special topics such as counseling, transfer, follow-up, and measurement of progress
  • Innovations in school intervention programs
  • Multi-dimensionality factors associated with fluency disorders
  • Multicultural and multilingual variables and intervention goals and practices

Professional Issues

  • Educating and training researchers and clinicians
  • Promoting clinical certification standards related to professional training
  • Educating the public 
  • Certifying fluency specialists
  • Sponsoring the discussion of controversial issues
  • Developing new instrumentation in assessment and intervention  
  • Promoting the publication of a broad range of information needed by professionals in a variety of work settings (school clinicians, laboratory researchers, university professors, etc.)
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration  
  • Supporting interprofessional education and collaboration  
  • Supporting self-help and consumer groups
  • Funding of clinical developments and research  

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 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 4 offers new self-study CE activities through Perspectives each year.  

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.

Networking

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 meeting at the ASHA Convention.
  • SIG 4 offers a short course and seminar 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.

Additional Resources

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2019–2021 Coordinator: Farzan A. Irani, Texas State University
  • 2019 Associate Coordinator: Brooke S. Leiman, Stuttering Clinic at National Speech/Language Therapy Center
  • 2018–2020 Editor: Corrin G. Richels, Old Dominion University
  • 2019–2021 Professional Development Manager: John A. Tetnowski, University of Louisiana–Lafayette
  • 2018–2020 Member-At-Large: Kimberly R. Bauerly, State University of New York, Plattsburgh
  • 2019–2021 Member-At-Large: Daniel Joseph Hudock, Idaho State University
  • Ex Officio: Diane Paul, Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Editorial Board

View the Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups .

Professional Development Committee

  • John A. Tetnowski, Professional Development Manager
  • Corrin G. Richels, Editor
  • Diane Paul, 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

ASHA Corporate Partners