Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children Spotlight On: Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children Melody Harrison, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Coordinator When was SIG 9 founded? In 1991, as a Special Interest Division (SID). In 2011, when all Special Interest Divisions (SIDs) became SIGs, our name was changed from SID 9 to SIG ... SIG Spotlight
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Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children
The ASHA Leader, May 2012, Vol. 17, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.17062012.np
The ASHA Leader, May 2012, Vol. 17, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.17062012.np
Spotlight On: Special Interest Group 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children
Melody Harrison, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Coordinator
When was SIG 9 founded?
In 1991, as a Special Interest Division (SID). In 2011, when all Special Interest Divisions (SIDs) became SIGs, our name was changed from SID 9 to SIG 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children.
How many affiliates does SIG 9 have?
We have 528 affiliates—187 audiologists, 242 speech-language pathologists, 39 dually certified, and 60 others—but we always welcome more.
Why should ASHA members affiliate with your SIG?
If you’re asking what makes SIG 9 special, well—it’s the people, of course! Affiliating with a smaller community of professionals makes membership in ASHA a more personal and engaging experience. Being an affiliate of SIG 9 lets you share your concerns with others, and by doing so create a collective voice on issues, policies, and agendas that are important to all of us.
How does your SIG affect the membership at large?
The only way the children and families we serve will reach their full potential is if we promote best practices, with collaboration between audiologists—who diagnose hearing loss and fit hearing aids or manage cochlear implants—and the speech-language pathologists who provide habilitation/rehabilitation services.
We promote that critical collaboration. SIG 9 is one of the few ASHA SIGs with a nearly equal number of affiliated audiologists and speech-language pathologists, all of whom share an interest in children with hearing loss. This year the coordinator is an audiologist, the associate coordinator is a speech-language pathologist, and both disciplines are represented on the steering committee.
What are two benefits of affiliating with your SIG that everyone should know about?
As an affiliate, you have access to the SIG 9 ASHA Online Community. Online communities offer space to share ideas, resources, and discussions. You can also conduct online chats and Ask the Expert sessions—like the one on auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders offered in January 2012.
Earning CEUs through SIG 9 affiliation is both easy and inexpensive. In fact, the annual cost of SIG 9 affiliation ($35) is quickly offset by CEU-earning opportunities. SIG affiliates are also eligible for a 50% discount on select short courses at the ASHA convention. If you provide services to children with hearing loss, affiliation with SIG 9 is a wonderful opportunity.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals and why?
Auditory Evoked Potentials and Cochlear Implants: Research Findings and Clinical Applications in Children,” by Suzanne C. Purdy and Kirsty Gardner-Berry, was the most-read article of the year. In some cases, the articles in Perspectives are more widely read than the articles published in our research journals.
If you would like to see an issue focused on a specific topic, the editor and steering committee are very interested in hearing your ideas. Planning for each issue occurs approximately one year in advance, so it is never too early to make a suggestion.
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