Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) I joined SIG 13 in 1997 when it was the Special Interest Division for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. I was attending the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention and had the great fortune to meet Susan Langmore and hear her speak. Langmore is a trailblazer of innovative and evidence-based practice ... SIG Spotlight
Free
SIG Spotlight  |   May 01, 2017
Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
Author Notes
  • Lynne Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP, is the director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She is also the 2014–2017 SIG 13coordinator. lbradywagner@partners.org
    Lynne Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP, is the director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She is also the 2014–2017 SIG 13coordinator. lbradywagner@partners.org×
Article Information
Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / SIG Spotlight
SIG Spotlight   |   May 01, 2017
Special Interest Group 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
The ASHA Leader, May 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.22052017.np
The ASHA Leader, May 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.22052017.np
When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?
I joined SIG 13 in 1997 when it was the Special Interest Division for Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. I was attending the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention and had the great fortune to meet Susan Langmore and hear her speak. Langmore is a trailblazer of innovative and evidence-based practice in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders. She was an early leader in SIG 13 and was looking for involvement. I became a member of the Perspectives team as the editor of the ethics column.
I would highly encourage colleagues to reach out and become involved—it is easier than you imagine, and we all have a great deal to contribute.
How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?
Being a member of SIG 13 has helped me gain confidence in my practice. The benefits of membership—namely information shared regularly by clinical and research experts in Perspectives and the ASHA Community page—provide me with current evidence, trends and issues to consider.
Involvement in SIG 13 has helped me develop my leadership skills and has introduced me to the tremendous work of the ASHA national office. There is a wonderful team of individuals who support each of us as professionals. I am grateful to know who to turn to when my colleagues and I need input.
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, including how you get support from your supervisor/institution?
I gain satisfaction from contributing and being a part of creating solutions. I enjoy being involved in activities that are worthwhile and make a real impact. Volunteering outside your paid responsibilities can be a challenge, and you need to evaluate the tradeoffs for yourself. Being involved in the work of our disciplines is rewarding on a personal and a professional level. Sharing your personal developmental goals can be a great way to achieve the encouragement and cooperation of your supervisor and organization. An organization that supports its employees’ participation in such work will be viewed positively, will be proactive and involved in salient issues, and will attract and retain skilled and proactive staff.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
SIG 13 sponsors practical and current educational sessions at the annual ASHA Convention. This year, in Los Angeles, we are very excited to offer two exciting interprofessional invited sessions:
  • Mechanical Ventilation and Its Aftermath: Assessing Oral Feeding Safety in Patients Receiving Respiratory Support (short course)

  • A Clinical Primer of High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry Application for the Diagnosis and Management of Dysphagia (one-hour session).

What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?
It is hard to have a favorite Perspectives article. Each one is, simply put, applicable to daily practice and is a piece of important information and guidance. One of my favorite topics, however, is the role of exercise science in the care of people with dysphagia. The 2017 Vol. 2 of SIG 13 Perspectives is devoted to topics in exercise and dysphagia treatment—evidence, theory and specific applications. We are so grateful to our authors on this issue—and every issue we publish!
0 Comments
Submit a Comment
Submit A Comment
Name
Comment Title
Comment


This feature is available to Subscribers Only
Sign In or Create an Account ×
FROM THIS ISSUE
May 2017
Volume 22, Issue 5