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Spotlight on Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders

by John Tetnowski
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Interested in learning more about ongoing research on the nature, diagnosis and treatment of fluency disorders? Check out what SIG 4 has to offer affiliates!

When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?

I joined SIG 4 at its onset. I was a doctoral student specializing in stuttering and a professor thought it would be a good idea for me to join, and I have been a member ever since. One of the real highlights in the early days was the leadership conference. They set the standard for specialization and other important issues.

How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?

I met leaders in the field. Through these relationships, it opened the doors to collaboration with the best minds in the field. In my case, this led to clinical and research collaborations. It also led me to take on some administrative roles that have helped me advance my career.

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?

For me, I simply made it a priority. I always believed that we should give back to the profession that has allowed me to make a living. In addition, my role in academia says that I must meet a standard in teaching, research and service. In my case, the release time for service was built into my job. However, for those who do not have that option, I suggest discussing it with your superior. Your service to the profession makes their business look good, and gives them some extra visibility.

What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?

We recently had an online interactive event specifically dealing with stuttering issues in the school setting. The session was highly interactive and the panel consisted of three professionals with extensive experience working with stuttering in school-based settings.

I also suggest checking in with the SIG 4 discussion group online. We post important announcements, but this site also has professionals asking questions and sharing information about difficult cases or challenging situations. Also, at this year’s convention we had two SIG 4-sponsored workshops/seminars. The short course was “Identification and Treatment for Disorders Commonly Co-Occurring with Stuttering.”  SIG 4 also sponsored a one-hour seminar, “Not Your Typical Stuttering: Theory, Research and Practice for Non-Stuttering Fluency Disorders.” Finally, SIG 4 held its annual meeting at the ASHA Convention.

What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?

My favorite article in Perspectives was “Results from a Stuttering Clinic for School-Age Children Who Stutter: A Pilot Study Using a Comprehensive Approach,” by Charles Hughes and Sue Mahanna-Boden. I enjoyed this paper because it shows outcomes of an intensive program that not only showed gains in speech activities, but also documented quality-of-life gains for children who stutter.

John A. Tetnowski, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, coordinator of SIG 4, is the Ben Blanco/BoRSF Endowed Professor in Communicative Disorders, the and graduate coordinator for the PhD program in applied language and speech sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. jxt1435@louisiana.edu

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