Special Interest Group 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders SIG 2 has 4,404 affiliates. Important new issues are those that affect the quality, quantity and type of clinical care that our affiliates are able to provide. This includes, for instance, the recent Medicare therapy-cap repeal legislation that was introduced in the House of Representatives. If it is ... SIG Spotlight
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Special Interest Group 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
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SIG Spotlight   |   April 01, 2015
Special Interest Group 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
The ASHA Leader, April 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20042015.np
The ASHA Leader, April 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20042015.np
How many affiliates does your SIG have?
SIG 2 has 4,404 affiliates.
Is there an important, new issue surrounding your SIG’s subject matter right now? Highlight a timely event or trend.
Important new issues are those that affect the quality, quantity and type of clinical care that our affiliates are able to provide. This includes, for instance, the recent Medicare therapy-cap repeal legislation that was introduced in the House of Representatives. If it is passed, this legislation has the potential to repeal the current Medicare cap on outpatient rehabilitation therapy services, and would ensure that patients are not denied vital coverage for needed therapy services. Other important areas where changes are happening or are expected to happen include funding for augmentative and alternative communication devices, funding for the provision of cognitive therapy services, and funding of telehealth services for cases who have neurologically based communication disorders.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
Speakers at the 2015 ASHA Health Care & Business Institute conference in Phoenix (July 10–12):
  • “Evidence-Based Language Treatments for Adults With Neurogenic Communication Disorders” by Jacqueline Hinckley, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • “Understanding Dementia and Cognitive-Communication Disorders: Assessment and Treatment Principles” by Tammy Hopper, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • “Practical Interventions for Cognitive-Communication Disorders Associated with Dementia” by Tammy Hopper, PhD, CCC-SLP

At the 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver (Nov. 12–14):
  • SIG 2–sponsored short course on management of primary progressive aphasia

  • SIG 2–sponsored invited session on right hemisphere damage

Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
We pride ourselves in the quality of the SIG 2 Perspectives publications, and judge that all of the SIG 2 articles are “must reads.” Each issue of SIG 2 Perspectives is developed with careful consideration of affiliates’ interests and topic trends. However, some standout recent issues include:
  • January 2015, which focuses on cognitive-communication disorders in adults with mild traumatic brain injury, with an emphasis on sport-related concussion. This area that is gaining more attention as speech-language pathologists demonstrate their value in both hospital and school contexts for this population. Articles in this issue provide valuable clinical updates for our readership.

  • October 2014, which focused on primary progressive aphasia. SIG 2 members requested information on this important topic, for which current evidence is limited. This issue provides five excellent articles that enhance the reader’s clinical insight and direction in this area.

  • June 2014, focusing on aphasia treatment. The article “Facilitating Life Participation in Severe Aphasia With Limited Treatment Time” by Jacqueline Hinckley was indicated to be especially helpful.

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