Spotlight on Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders SIG 4 has 1,318 affiliates. Over the next few years, one of our primary goals will be to improve reimbursement for stuttering treatment. There is a need for comprehensive coverage for stuttering treatment, as long as we are able to document positive outcomes. That means more than simply ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   September 01, 2015
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders
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SIG Spotlight   |   September 01, 2015
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20092015.np
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20092015.np
How many affiliates does your SIG have?
SIG 4 has 1,318 affiliates.
Is there an important new issue surrounding your SIG’s subject matter right now? Highlight a timely event or trend.
Over the next few years, one of our primary goals will be to improve reimbursement for stuttering treatment. There is a need for comprehensive coverage for stuttering treatment, as long as we are able to document positive outcomes. That means more than simply decreasing the number of disfluencies a client exhibits. As clinicians and researchers, we need to be able to document that our treatment is allowing clients to make positive changes in social, educational and/or vocational opportunities. We must be able to demonstrate that the client is improving in the affective and cognitive areas of stuttering, not just the behavioral domain. If we can demonstrate positive outcomes with individual clients, insurance companies need to pay for treatment. Our services are valuable and out clients deserve to have access to a variety of approaches.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
We are excited about our sponsored short course and seminar at the 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver. Our short course—“Parents as Partners in Stuttering Therapy,” session code SC20—will be presented by Craig Coleman, John Tetnowski and Patricia Walton on Friday, Nov. 13, from 1:30–4:30 p.m. in Crestone A of the Embassy Suites Denver. It will focus on working with parents in the therapy process. In our seminar—“Writing SMARTER Goals for Stuttering Therapy,” session code 1717—Joseph Donaher, Courtney Byrd and Rodney Gabel will focus on developing goals in the treatment process on Saturday, Nov. 14, 1–2 p.m. in room 301–302 of the Colorado Convention Center.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
We believe that our SIG 4 editorial staff, led by editor Joseph Donaher, puts out must-read issues of Perspectives twice per year. Our latest issue—from May 2015—offers theoretical and clinical articles that will certainly help any clinician who works with people who stutter. Perspectives is an amazing resource for those looking for clinical information!
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