Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) SIG 13 has 9,916 affiliates this year. Data from the ASHA SLP Health Care Survey indicate that there are many more speech-language pathologists who work with people with dysphagia in their clinical practice. SIG 13 offers many valuable clinical resources and professional enhancements that can support affiliates’ practice. ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   October 01, 2015
Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
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SIG Spotlight   |   October 01, 2015
Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20102015.np
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.20102015.np
How many affiliates does your SIG have?
SIG 13 has 9,916 affiliates this year. Data from the ASHA SLP Health Care Survey indicate that there are many more speech-language pathologists who work with people with dysphagia in their clinical practice. SIG 13 offers many valuable clinical resources and professional enhancements that can support affiliates’ practice.
Is there an important new issue surrounding your SIG’s subject matter right now? Highlight a timely event or trend.
The SIG 13 Coordinating Committee and its affiliates have identified competencies and standards as an important topic to practitioners in the area of dysphagia management. Use of evidence-based metrics and interventions will serve to promote clinical excellence and foster optimal outcomes for our patients. Additionally, we will continue to be regarded as the most qualified professionals to evaluate and treat swallowing disorders by contributing objective, scientific and consistent observations in our daily work.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
Under the direction of Memorie Gosa, SIG 13’s professional development manager, the Professional Development Subcommittee continues to develop and offer excellent and useful programs for affiliates and all ASHA members. SIG 13 will host a live Web chat Tuesday, Oct. 6, with presenters Jay Rosenbek and Debra Suiter, that will focus on clinical swallowing evaluation and dysphagia screening. This year’s ASHA Convention also boasts many excellent presentations in dysphagia, including these SIG 13-sponsored sessions:
  • Short course: Swallowing After Head and Neck Cancer Graduate Review, presented by Cathy Lazarus and Kate Hutcheson

  • Invited session: Neuroplasticity and Dysphagia Rehabilitation: How to Connect the Dots, presented by Georgia Malandraki and Ruth Martin

Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
For more than 15 years, SIG 13 has provided four annual issues of Perspectives, with associated CEUs. There are pearls 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 affiliates’ practices.
Two of our most-read articles from SIG 13’s 2015 editions are:
Other recent favorites include:
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