Special Interest Group 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders I joined SIG 5 because I wanted to connect with other SLPs with an interest in cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies. I also liked having access to Perspectives articles as well as continuing education credits. My involvement in the SIG has provided a tremendous networking opportunity. Being a part of ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   September 01, 2016
Special Interest Group 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders
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  • By Kristina Wilson, SIG 5 Coordinating Committee member-at-large
    By Kristina Wilson, SIG 5 Coordinating Committee member-at-large×
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ASHA News & Member Stories / SIG Spotlight
SIG Spotlight   |   September 01, 2016
Special Interest Group 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders
The ASHA Leader, September 2016, Vol. 21, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.21092016.np
The ASHA Leader, September 2016, Vol. 21, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.21092016.np
What made you want to join your SIG?
I joined SIG 5 because I wanted to connect with other SLPs with an interest in cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies. I also liked having access to Perspectives articles as well as continuing education credits.
How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?
My involvement in the SIG has provided a tremendous networking opportunity. Being a part of the SIG has allowed for increased interactions with other SLPs who specialize in cleft, either in person at the ASHA Convention or through our online community.
How do you carve out time to volunteer with the SIG while working in your full-time job and balancing other commitments? What advice would you give to someone who’d like to get more involved in the SIG?
As with any volunteer opportunity, I think being able to plan ahead as much as possible is beneficial. My volunteer commitments with the SIG fall on a predictable schedule, with activities ramping up right before convention. I’d tell anyone looking to become more involved in the SIG to participate in the online community and reach out to members of the coordinating committee when calls for volunteers are made.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
Our SIG recently offered a web chat on speech-language treatment for cleft-related speech disorders with Angela Dixon and Kristen DeLuca. For those of you who missed it, it’s definitely worth checking out the transcript, since some helpful techniques were shared. SIG 5 has also worked hard over the last several years to have a robust schedule of cleft-related presentations at the ASHA Convention, including a variety of interesting topics planned for Philadelphia in November.
What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?
“Don’t Blow This Therapy Session!” by Gregory L. Lof and Dennis Ruscello from October 2013 is a helpful article when SLPs reach out to me for treatment guidance. It provides an overview of techniques and appropriate targets within a session. It also discusses why nonspeech oral motor exercises, specifically blowing activities, are not appropriate for the pediatric population.
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