Spotlight on Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues I joined SIG 16 after a friend asked me if I had read the latest Perspectives issue. She couldn’t believe I didn’t know what she was talking about. She told me of the value of belonging to an ASHA Special Interest Group, and I decided I needed to look ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   October 01, 2017
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues
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  • Carol B. Fleming, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Pulaski Heights Middle School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and immediate past chair of the ASHA-PAC Board of Directors. She is a member of the SIG 16 coordinating committee and an affiliate of SIG 1, Language Learning and Education. cbflem@swbell.net
    Carol B. Fleming, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Pulaski Heights Middle School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and immediate past chair of the ASHA-PAC Board of Directors. She is a member of the SIG 16 coordinating committee and an affiliate of SIG 1, Language Learning and Education. cbflem@swbell.net×
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SIG Spotlight   |   October 01, 2017
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues
The ASHA Leader, October 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.22102017.np
The ASHA Leader, October 2017, Vol. 22, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.22102017.np
When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?
I joined SIG 16 after a friend asked me if I had read the latest Perspectives issue. She couldn’t believe I didn’t know what she was talking about. She told me of the value of belonging to an ASHA Special Interest Group, and I decided I needed to look into this for myself. I found that for the minimal fee to belong we, as affiliates, gain so much! The ability to network with fellow school-based professionals through the ASHA Community, Schools Connect events and SIG 16 member forums is invaluable. Not to mention, we get ASHA CEUs for reading Perspectives articles. It is also a great way to become an ASHA Award for Continuing Education recipient.
How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?
Interactions with other school-based practitioners have reinvigorated my passion for working with students in the schools. SIG 16 has a wide variety of affiliates and volunteers who serve as a resource and support system. They know the unique situations we face on a daily basis. This has enabled me to improve as a clinician, mentor, supervisor, friend and leader.
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?
A friend once told me, “Time expands and constricts based on what is important to you.” As a result, I set aside time monthly to meet the commitment of serving as a volunteer. Most work can be done at night or on the weekends and does not conflict with my responsibilities as a clinician to my students or school. SIG 16 is always looking for volunteers and welcomes feedback from affiliates. A great place to start is to attend the affiliates meetings at ASHA Connect or the Convention and to talk to committee members about getting involved. Affiliates can volunteer to serve on the professional development or editorial review committees, based on interests and strengths. I’ve been fortunate to have supportive supervisors and principals over the years. They have encouraged me to get involved in ASHA and pursue my professional goals. They see that through this involvement it will only benefit the school, students and district. It’s a win-win situation. Opportunities to network and grow as a leader will only make one better as a clinician and co-worker. Supervisors and institutions want to see how SIG participation will benefit them and it’s our responsibility to help them see that vision.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
We will have our annual affiliates meeting at the 2017 ASHA Convention in Los Angeles, where some lucky participants will win door prizes. SIG 16 is also sponsoring a short course, “The Educational Impact of Language Learning Disabilities: Identification, Goal Writing, and Curriculum-Based Intervention.”
What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?
It’s difficult to choose one article as they are always well-written and touch on hot topics. I always find the Coordinator’s Column insightful since it provides valuable information on the SIG, online chats and sponsored courses. One of my favorite recent issues was December 2016, Vol. 1, Part 4, which included two articles—“Evaluation and Eligibility for Speech-Language Services in Schools” and “Engaging Your Growth Mindset for a Successful School Year”—that serve as great resources for school-based practitioners.
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