April 1, 2013 Association

ASHA News: April 2013

Nominate an ASHA Journal Editor

ASHA is conducting two searches for scholarly journal editors: editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and hearing section editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. The three-year terms begin Jan. 1, 2014.

ASHA journal editorships are open to all ASHA members. Journal editors help shape the science of the disciplines and advance the evidence base of the professions.

Editors nominate the associate editors who will serve with them during their terms. To support their work, they receive a stipend and administrative assistance from ASHA and the online peer review system that serves all ASHA journals. For information about administrative and budgetary support, visit the journals ASHA Journals.

Editors are responsible for:

  • The relevance, quality and style of the journal or section.
  • The timely evaluation of submitted and solicited manuscripts and supporting material.

Editors are selected based on their research scholarship and editorial experience. Self-nominations or nominations from others are welcome. Nominations must include:

  • The nominee's curriculum vitae.
  • A letter specifying evidence of the nominee's scholarship and editorial experience.
  • A letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve.
  • Two to four letters of support.

Send nomination materials to Mike Cannon, director of journals and editorial services, at mcannon@asha.org. All nominations must be received on or before May 15.

Don't Google It—Use the Practice Portal

What tests can I use to confirm that my patient has superior canal dehiscence?

If I hire an audiology assistant, how much and how often should I be prepared to provide supervision?

Can the speech-language pathology assistant who works with me write, develop or modify a student, patient or client's treatment plan?

I want to use partner approaches in treatment for a patient with aphasia—what do evidence and expert opinion say about them?

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists looking for answers to these and other clinical decisions can turn to ASHA's new Practice Portal, a one-stop online resource for clinical decision-making.

ASHA recently launched a trial version of the Practice Portal, accessible on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The portal is designed to help users find the best available evidence and expertise in client and patient care; identify resources that have been vetted for relevance and credibility; and provide links to community forums, technical assistance and educational opportunities related to the topic.

Content is developed through a comprehensive process that integrates scientific evidence, clinical expertise and client perspective. Subject matter experts provide several rounds of content input and peer review. Content can easily be revised as new evidence or resources become available.

In addition to clinical topic and professional issue pages, the portal provides links to ASHA evidence maps, templates and tools, and consumer handouts.

Members at the 2012 ASHA Convention who previewed the site rated it 8.9 on a 10-point scale. They called it "dynamic," "comprehensive," "relevant" and "easy to use."

The Practice Portal launched with a limited number of clinical and professional issues topics, with more topics to be added shortly. The portal is still in a trial period, and members are encouraged to provide feedback so that the site can continue to develop in response to members' needs.

ASHA is also looking for volunteer subject matter experts, reviewers and beta testers for new topics. Interested members can contact PortalInfo@asha.org.

ASHA Schools 2013 Invites You to Make a Difference

The 2013 ASHA Schools Conference, the premier gathering for speech-language pathologists who work in schools, will take place July 12–14 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

  • The conference, "Make a Difference—One Story at a Time," will offer:
  • Educational sessions that apply directly to SLPs' work in schools.
  • Current and cutting-edge information from the experts in the field.
  • An opportunity to earn CEUs.

For session descriptions, travel information, speaker bios and registration, visit the conference website.

SIG Members Take to Capitol Hill

As the U.S. Congress began its 113th session, members of ASHA's Special Interest Groups visited Capitol Hill in February to advocate for issues important to communication sciences and disorders professionals.

Members of SIG 2, Neuro-physiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders; SIG 18, Telepractice; and the Board of SIG Coordinators took advantage of their meetings at the ASHA national office by visiting with their congressional representatives or the representatives' staff.

Capitol Hill visits achieve several goals:

  • Representatives and senators learn how a number of issues—Medicare reimbursement, paperwork, hearing health care, telepractice and others—affect providers and patients in their districts and states.
  • ASHA members have the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions and provide additional information about issues critical to CSD professionals.
  • ASHA advocates build relationships with staff in congressional offices and become a resource when policy questions arise.

As with many ASHA-sponsored Capitol Hill visits, several of the participants were first-time advocates. Members need not be experts in policy when visiting with legislators; ASHA staff provide briefings and materials for advocates to use, as well as tips and pointers.

Members interested in participating in future Hill visits should contact Caroline Goncalves, ASHA associate director of federal advocacy, at cgoncalves@asha.org.

Feeling Passionate About Your Profession?

ASHA members enjoy—and are proud of—what they do. So, why not advocate for yourself and the clients you serve? ASHA, with the help of some volunteers, has developed a new advocacy webpage designed to make advocacy easy.

The webpage includes five new videos of ASHA members sharing their advocacy stories:

  • Theresa Rodgers, ASHA vice president for government relations and public policy, explains the importance of advocating.
  • Tammy Emerson talks about the opportunities to learn and grow in advocacy by serving on an ASHA advocacy network.
  • Jennifer Schultz and Katheryn Boada discuss their experiences advocating for state licensure in South Dakota and Colorado.
  • Stuart Trembath expresses the payoff of taking the time to build a relationship with his congressman.

Getting involved in advocacy can take just a few minutes of your time and make a huge difference. Take the first step by signing up on ASHA's Take Action site. When new issues arise, you will receive an alert; you can easily and quickly personalize the message, which is then submitted directly to your congressional representatives. Don't miss your chance to make a difference.

Access Academics to Focus on Outcomes Measurement and Learning Systems

In the main article in the April issue of Access Academics and Research, Margaret Rogers, ASHA chief staff officer for science and research, highlights key issues and needs in communication sciences and disorders related to changes in health care provision and reimbursement.

Access Academics and Research, a bimonthly electronic newsletter, addresses the specific needs of faculty, researchers, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.

To subscribe, send a blank e-mail with the word "subscribe" in the subject line to access-academics-research@asha.org.

Apply for Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award

Up to 20 emerging scientists and audiology students interested in a research career will receive awards to attend the 2012 ASHA Convention and pre-convention events, scheduled for Nov. 13–16 in Chicago.

Now in its sixth year, ASHA's Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award provides convention registration and a $500 travel stipend. The awards allow recipients to:

  • Learn about the latest clinical and basic science research in audiology.
  • Make connections with leaders in the field.
  • Meet and network with peers.
  • Learn about funding opportunities to further research careers.
  • Eligible applicants may not have previously received this award, and at time of application must be enrolled in a:
  • PhD program in audiology or hearing science.
  • AuD program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Combined CAA-accredited AuD/PhD degree program.
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in audiology or hearing science.

The application deadline is June 1. For more information, visit the awards webpage or contact academicaffairs@asha.org.

NSSLHA Executive Council Welcomes New Advisors

ASHA members Suzanne Thompson and Mitzi J. Ritzman were recently appointed to serve as volunteer consultants for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association's Executive Council.

Thompson, assistant professor in speech communication studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., is the educational programming consultant. She helps the Executive Council facilitate student-focused convention activities; serves as an information source for pre-professional issues and chapter development; and represents NSSLHA on ASHA's Scientific and Professional Education Board.

Ritzman, an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is the student affairs consultant, providing direction on best practices and emerging issues in the professions and sharing strategies to help NSSLHA improve its benefits, services and special population recruitment.

The Executive Council comprises 11 students who serve as regional councilors and 11 student delegates. Four consultants (ASHA members) serve three-year terms.

2013 MSLP Application Period Now Open

ASHA is accepting applications for the 2013 Minority Student Leadership Program, designed to enhance the leadership skills of students in communication sciences and disorders.

The MSLP is held in conjunction with the annual ASHA convention. The 2013 program will take place Nov. 12–16 in Chicago.

The MSLP is open to CSD undergraduate seniors and master's students, AuD students and PhD students, and is designed to recruit and retain racial/ethnic minorities historically under-represented in CSD. Students participate in focused programs and activities to build and enhance their leadership skills and understanding of association governance and operations. Since 1999, more than 450 students from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds have participated in MSLP.

All students are eligible to apply; preference is given to students from under-represented backgrounds. Those selected receive complimentary registration to the ASHA convention, up to five nights' lodging, a meal stipend, and program materials. Participants are responsible for transportation and personal expenses.

To apply, students must complete the online application form and submit an essay, resume, letter of support and statement of good standing. The deadline for submitting applications is May 6; successful applicants will be notified in September.

For more information and the online application form, go to MSLP FAQs page or e-mail mslp@asha.org.


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