Welcome from the Leader Team

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Recently, ASHAsphere became part of The ASHA Leader, joining a celebrated constellation of content for and about ASHA members, including The ASHA Leader Live e-newsletter as well as the print and online editions of the Leader. We at the Leader are delighted with this news, the first phase of a dastardly-but-so-elegantly-orchestrated master plan to annex the entire WorldWideInterWebs.

As these bold, mildly inspiring words spasmodically spew from my hunt-and-peck typing, phalanxes of Leader editors are on the march, blood-red pens in full brandish mode. No domain with the faintest acronymic whiff of CSD is safe from us—and that includes you, Community School of Davidson, North Carolina.

All kidding aside, welcome.

During the inaugural year of the brand spanking new ASHA Leader, ASHAsphere plays a crucial role in supporting the Leader’s renewed commitment to serve both as a valued source of information for ASHA members as well as an engaging showcase of your lives, interests and goings-on. Indeed, this blog’s been a preferred gathering place for many of you, an excellent, lively sounding board for noteworthy and trending topics.

We at the Leader strongly encourage you all to keep doing what you’re doing—discuss in depth, debate vigorously, share your experience and perspectives, and keep the questions coming. We’ll be dropping by every now and then with news, highlights of particularly useful articles, and, just perhaps, some astonishingly wry commentary.

I’ll be quiet now so you all can get back to your blog.

Gary Dunham, PhD, is ASHA publications director and editor-in-chief of The ASHA Leader.

Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology–Good Idea or Not?

The August 2, 2011 issue of the ASHA Leader featured an article titled “Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology: Philosophy, Implementation, and Success at the University of Pittsburgh.” The authors explore whether a new doctor of clinical science program at the University of Pittsburgh the answer to the increasing depth and breadth of SLP practice.

Apparently this is an issue that stirs up a lot of feelings among SLPs; when we posted a link to the article on ASHA’s Facebook page, more than 35 people weighed in on the issue. The article has also inspired several blog posts.

You can read the article on the ASHA website and add your own thoughts to the discussion.