Coordinator's Column Dear Affiliates, Welcome to 2016 and the inaugural release of the new Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. Before I summarize the articles, I want to share some history and “behind the scenes” information about our Perspectives process. All SIGs are required to publish a minimum of one ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   March 31, 2016
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Coordinator's Column   |   March 31, 2016
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Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2016, Vol. 1, 1-3. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG1.1
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2016, Vol. 1, 1-3. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG1.1
Dear Affiliates,
Welcome to 2016 and the inaugural release of the new Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. Before I summarize the articles, I want to share some history and “behind the scenes” information about our Perspectives process. All SIGs are required to publish a minimum of one issue of Perspectives per year. We, speaking on behalf of SIG 1 coordinating committees since the mid-1990s, have always provided more than the minimum. SIG 1 began publishing three Perspectives per year in 1999. (Prior to that, two issues were published; you can access older issues from 1997 to the present on ASHAwire.) A fourth issue of SIG 1 Perspectives was added in 2012. There are three important reasons that SIG 1 is able to provide four Perspectives per year. One is in our name: Language Learning and Education. Note that there are no commas in the name; our focus is on language learning no matter the setting or the etiology. That means SIG 1 is concerned with a very broad range of topics: autism spectrum disorders, English language learning, developmental disabilities, language impairment, spelling disorders, dyslexia, narratives and exposition, early intervention, adolescent language development, etc. In short, we have plenty of topics to cover for future Perspectives! Secondly, our SIG has a history of “one topic focus per issue” combined with “compulsive planning” and access to clinical researcher scholars, many of whom are SIG 1 affiliates. We maintain the topic focus by inviting a well-known or emerging scholar in the field to serve as a guest editor and then relying on that scholar to invite others to contribute articles related to the scholar's area of expertise. These clinical scholars are busy (like all of us!), so we do our best to invite them at least 18 months ahead of time. Currently, we have all of our topics and editors selected through 2017. How do we select the topics? We have been soliciting suggestions from our affiliates since the beginning of SIG 1 (formerly Special Interest Division 1) and our inaugural e-mail Listserv of 1997—thanks to Patricia Prelock and Kenn Apel for spearheading the first Listserv!
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