Spotlight on Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders How many affiliates does SIG 3 have? As of July 2014, SIG 3 has 1,983 affiliates. Why did you originally choose to affiliate with SIG 3? To be at the heart of information and support for speech-language pathologists who treat adult and pediatric voice disorders. We receive current and topical ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   August 01, 2014
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders
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  • The December 2013 issue offers the latest updates on voice therapy telepractice; the use of mobile devices in voice therapy; an earnest discussion regarding the available evidence for telepractice in the treatment of voice disorders; and the development of a competency checklist to assess graduate-student skills in the area of voice disorders. If you have an interest in voice, you will certainly not want to miss the following articles: “Voice Therapy Telepractice: Voice Care For The 21st Century,” by Michael Towey; “Using Popular Mobile Devices in Voice Therapy,” by Eva van Leer; “Telehealth and the Treatment of Voice Disorders: A Discussion Regarding Evidence,” by Lisa Kelchner; and “Checklist for Assessing Graduate Student Competencies in Voice Disorders,” by Amy Teten, Shari DeVeney and Mary Friehe.
    The December 2013 issue offers the latest updates on voice therapy telepractice; the use of mobile devices in voice therapy; an earnest discussion regarding the available evidence for telepractice in the treatment of voice disorders; and the development of a competency checklist to assess graduate-student skills in the area of voice disorders. If you have an interest in voice, you will certainly not want to miss the following articles: “Voice Therapy Telepractice: Voice Care For The 21st Century,” by Michael Towey; “Using Popular Mobile Devices in Voice Therapy,” by Eva van Leer; “Telehealth and the Treatment of Voice Disorders: A Discussion Regarding Evidence,” by Lisa Kelchner; and “Checklist for Assessing Graduate Student Competencies in Voice Disorders,” by Amy Teten, Shari DeVeney and Mary Friehe.×
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SIG Spotlight   |   August 01, 2014
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.19082014.np
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.19082014.np
How many affiliates does SIG 3 have?
As of July 2014, SIG 3 has 1,983 affiliates.
Why did you originally choose to affiliate with SIG 3?
To be at the heart of information and support for speech-language pathologists who treat adult and pediatric voice disorders. We receive current and topical information through Perspectives, and can participate in online discussions about everything from reimbursement to idea sharing to solving difficult clinical cases. Opportunities for relevant continuing education—as well as jobs in the field of voice care—are at our fingertips.
What is the most important issue surrounding SIG 3’s subject matter right now?
One of the most important issues surrounding voice and upper airway disorders is coding and reimbursement, including those related to the Affordable Care Act. Using proper coding practices and advocating effectively for appropriate reimbursement of services can make the difference between an affiliate meeting his or her departmental goals or not meeting them, and SIG 3 is doing everything it can to ensure that correct and applicable information is available to affiliates in as many formats as possible, as quickly as possible. Grassroots efforts to change laws and policies are also important in this process, and the community of professionals treating patients with head and neck cancer has been an excellent model for this.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by SIG 3 should everyone know about?
In response to the issues discussed above, SIG 3 has chosen to devote its annual short course at the ASHA annual convention to the question of coding and reimbursement. These discussions have always been popular in other formats, so this in-depth and comprehensive course should answer many lingering questions and reveal directions for future advocacy and research efforts.
The SIG 3-sponsored seminar this year features experts offering their recommendations for standard clinical protocols for endoscopic, acoustic and aerodynamic voice assessment, the culmination of many of our colleagues’ hard work over the past couple of years.
Finally, through collaboration with SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), and the generous support of Pentax Medical, the 10th Annual Pentax Medical Lecture in Upper Airway Science will feature neuroradiologist Ilona Schmalfuss speaking about advances in interpreting imaging of the aerodigestive tract. These lectures—together with the wonderful slate of presentations coordinated by the voice, resonance and alaryngeal speech topic committee chaired by Nelson Roy and Preeti Sivasankar—will provide vigorous representation for our practice area at this year’s convention.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders is published three times per year. For at least one of these issues, we invite presenters from our SIG 3-sponsored short courses and invited seminars to contribute articles based on the information presented during the convention.
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