Spotlight on Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders How many affiliates does SIG 13 have? Approximately 7,932 ASHA members affiliate with SIG 13.Although Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders is the largest of ASHA’s Special Interest Groups, we hope that more colleagues will join in the coming year. Data from the ASHA healthcare professional survey indicate that more than ... SIG Spotlight
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Spotlight on Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
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  • Lynne C. Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP, is director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program, facilitator of Clinical Research and Education, and chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass. She is chair of the Special Interest Group 13 Coordinating Committee. lbradywagner@partners.org
    Lynne C. Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP, is director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program, facilitator of Clinical Research and Education, and chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass. She is chair of the Special Interest Group 13 Coordinating Committee. lbradywagner@partners.org×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / SIG Spotlight
SIG Spotlight   |   January 01, 2014
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
The ASHA Leader, January 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.19012014.np
The ASHA Leader, January 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.19012014.np
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
How many affiliates does SIG 13 have?
Approximately 7,932 ASHA members affiliate with SIG 13.Although Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders is the largest of ASHA’s Special Interest Groups, we hope that more colleagues will join in the coming year. Data from the ASHA healthcare professional survey indicate that more than 15,000 speech-language pathologists work with people with dysphagia in their clinical practice. We offer many valuable clinical resources and professional enhancements that can support affiliates’ practices.
Why did you originally choose to affiliate with SIG 13?
The members of the SIG 13 Coordinating Committee sought this opportunity to work with other dedicated SLPs; to further the knowledge and skills of ASHA membership in dysphagia assessment and treatment; to interact with colleagues from around the country through mechanisms such as the SIG Community forum [http://community.asha.org/home]; to create new continuous learning activities; and to advocate for the expertise of SLPs as the preferred providers of dysphagia clinical care. We are thrilled to serve as volunteer leaders.
What is the most important issue surrounding dysphagia treatment right now?
Recently our educational focus has been on the complex problem-solving surrounding ethical issues related to the use of alternative nutrition and hydration—especially in the context of medical issues faced by older adults. We have also sponsored ASHA convention sessions addressing the clinical application of exercise physiology for effecting change in swallowing function.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by SIG 13 should everyone know about?
Through the efforts of our Education Sub-Committee this year, we were able to present a 26-hour online conference, Dysphagia in Older Adults [http://www.asha.org/Events/dysphagia-in-older-adults/default].This course was first offered in May 2013, and was such a success it was offered again in December. The attendance and feedback on the content on this course have been outstandingly positive. We look forward to creating similarly relevant and practical online conferences in the future.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
For more than 10 years, SIG 13 has provided four annual issues of Perspectives, with associated CEUs. There are gems in each quarterly issue, many of which are authored by some of the most prominent researchers and practitioners in the area of dysphagia. All manuscripts are peer reviewed, and address relevant content applicable to your practice. Some recent intriguing articles are:
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