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.
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.
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SIG 3 Affiliates have access to exclusive discussion forums/groups, which provide the opportunity to interact with other SIG Affiliates who share interest in voice and upper airway disorders. Use ASHA's Member Directory to search for individuals by SIG affiliation. In addition, SIG 3 Affiliates can meet in person and online at an ASHA and SIG 3 sponsored events; typically each SIG hosts an Affiliates meeting at Convention and sponsors a virtual open house.
Since its inception in 2005, the Lecture in Upper Airway Voice and Swallowing Science (formerly the PENTAX Medical Lecture in Upper Airway Science) was a prestigious invited lectureship at the Annual ASHA Convention.The highly anticipated event recognized a scientist who provided rich depth and breadth to our knowledge of the upper airway as it applied to the complementary fields of voice and swallowing.Previous lectures were characterized by the prestige of the presenters and the scholarly content of the presentations. The Lecture itself was recognized as the premier upper airway science lecture at the Convention.This lecture was developed in conjunction with leaders of Special Interest Group (SIG) 3, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders and SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. The annual lecture series was discontinued in 2019. Following is a list of past recipients.
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.
View the Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.