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About Special Interest Group 2, Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Vision

To facilitate the highest level of professional practice provided to individuals with neurogenic communication disorders.

Mission

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. 

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

Earn ASHA continuing eduation units (CEUs) through 

  • Self-study of Perspectives and pay the lowest processing fee to take the learning assessments 
  • SIG sponsored Master Classes and one-hour sessions at the annual ASHA Convention. 

Networking

SIG 2 Affiliates have access to exclusive discussion forums/groups, which provide the opportunity to interact with other SIG Affiliates who share interest in neurogenic communication disorders. Use ASHA's Member Directory to search for individuals by SIG affiliation. In addition, SIG 2 Affiliates can meet in person and online at an ASHA and SIG 2 sponsored events; typically each SIG hosts an Affiliates meeting at Convention and sponsors a virtual open house. 

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.

Additional Resources 

Evidence-Based Practice

ANCDS

The  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

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

  • 2021–2023 Coordinator: Jessica A. Brown, University of Arizona 
  • 2021 Associate Coordinator: Kimberly C. McCullough, Appalachian State University 
  • 2019–2021 Editor: Peter A. Meulenbroek, University of Kentucky
  • 2020–2022 Professional Development Manager: Melissa A. Johnson, Nazareth College
  • 2021–2023 Member-at-Large: Amanda Simmons, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • 2021–2023 Member-at-Large: Katie A. Strong, Central Michigan University
  • Ex Officio: Rebecca C. Politis, Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Editorial Board

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

Professional Development Committee

  • Melissa A. Johnson, Professional Development Manager
  • Jamie P. Anderson
  • Russell E. Banks 
  • Naomi Hashimoto
  • Kathryn E. Krumpak
  • Rocio S. Norman 
  • Jessica Salley Riccardi 
  • Sarah Sleeter 
  • Katie L. Threlkeld
  • Maryanne M. Weatherill
  • Treasyri N. Williams 
  • 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
  • Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, 2021–2023 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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