Spotlight on Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice I joined SIG 18 when it was first established in 2011. I had just joined a telepractice company and was seeking like-minded SLPs who could answer questions, give me support and share experiences. I am also a member of three other SIGs and have been for a long time, ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   February 01, 2018
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice
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  • Melissa Jakubowitz, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Board Certified Specialist-Child Language with LTHPFXR Consulting. She is the coordinator for SIG 18 and an affiliate of SIG 1, Language Learning and Education; SIG 11, Administration and Supervision; and SIG 16, School-Based Issues. lthpfxr@gmail.com
    Melissa Jakubowitz, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Board Certified Specialist-Child Language with LTHPFXR Consulting. She is the coordinator for SIG 18 and an affiliate of SIG 1, Language Learning and Education; SIG 11, Administration and Supervision; and SIG 16, School-Based Issues. lthpfxr@gmail.com×
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SIG Spotlight   |   February 01, 2018
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice
The ASHA Leader, February 2018, Vol. 23, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.23022018.np
The ASHA Leader, February 2018, Vol. 23, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.23022018.np
1. When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?
I joined SIG 18 when it was first established in 2011. I had just joined a telepractice company and was seeking like-minded SLPs who could answer questions, give me support and share experiences. I am also a member of three other SIGs and have been for a long time, so I knew the kind of community that each of these SIGs offered: a supportive group of like-minded individuals who were willing to share their knowledge, skills and advice. I have not been disappointed with SIG 18. It is wonderful to have different perspectives on telepractice and to learn about what other telepractitioners are doing and how they are innovating.
2. How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?
Being involved in the SIG has helped me to learn more about telepractice, to better understand the needs of telepractitioners and to expand my horizons to fully engage in a wide variety of service-delivery models. When I decided to start my own telepractice company, I knew I would be supported by my fellow SIG members who answered many questions for me. I have also met SIG members at conferences who have become good friends—who I can count on for honest advice. Being a SIG 18 member has also put me in touch with individuals who could potentially work with me down the road.
3. 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?
Volunteering to run for the SIG Coordinating Committee has opened doors for me. I enjoy meeting other SIG members in person when we have had a booth at ASHA Connect. It gets me out and about among members. I suggest that members who are interested in being more active in SIG 18 contact me to talk about how they might like to be involved. In leadership training I offer for my state association, I tell people that getting involved means different things to different people. Sometimes it might just be posting a question or comment on the community board. For others, it might mean volunteering on a committee or running for the coordinating committee. I also let people know not be discouraged if they don’t win the first time they run (I didn’t!).
Regarding support from supervisor/institutions, it is a matter of educating them about the importance of being involved in professional associations, and letting them know how it will benefit the workplace and what the time commitment will be. Let employers know in advance about needed time off for meetings, and how you propose to make it up. This will help to support involvement.
4. What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
We had several web chats this past year that were co-sponsored by other SIGs (16, School-Based Issues, and 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders) and we will continue to offer more web chats this year. The SIG Coordinating Committee has also decided to post information about telepractice monthly on the community site. We plan to cover topics such as the ASHA Practice Portal on Telepractice, licensure, confidentiality, getting started in telepractice and many other areas. We hope that this will lead to greater, more in-depth discussions on our community.
5. What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?
I don’t know that I have a favorite Perspective article. I cull information from each new edition to improve my practice. I am excited each time I get the notification that Perspectives has been published.
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