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Why Join SIG 3, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders?

by Maia Braden
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Consider becoming a SIG 3 affiliate to connect with peers who share a passion for treating voice and upper airway disorders.

  1. What would you say to encourage other colleagues to join SIG 3?

SIG 3 provides valuable opportunities to discuss clinical practice and research in voice and upper airway disorders, get advice from colleagues, and form lasting relationships with other clinicians with similar interests. If you have a strong interest in voice and upper airway disorders and want to expand your knowledge and your practice, it is an excellent resource.

  1. How has your involvement in this SIG improved your understanding of and engagement with voice and upper airway disorders?

I have always had a very strong interest in voice, since graduate school, and even before. Being a member of SIG 3 has helped me become more engaged in promoting knowledge about this area and advocating for our patients.

  1. What is one hot topic discussed by your SIG that you feel the rest of your profession should know about?

One area that always sparks discussion is the role of the voice-specialized SLP, and the role of the singing teacher (or voice coach), and how these overlap. In the area of voice, we have a lot of fantastic opportunities to collaborate with other professionals, but sometimes there are questions about where the role of one ends and the other begins. Having strong avenues of communication helps keep these relationships smooth.

  1. What are the specific tangible benefits? The less-tangible benefits?

Tangible benefits are of course access to the SIG Perspectives journal, and not just Perspectives of SIG 3, but articles relating to other fields. I find that really valuable when I am looking for information in an area where I am less familiar, or working with graduate students, or just looking for something interesting to read. Less tangible is the feeling of belonging to a group of professionals who share similar interests and dedication, and being involved has led me to do more presenting, teaching, writing, and reaching out to others in the field.

  1. What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?

I really enjoyed Rita Patel’s article “Pediatric Laryngeal Endoscopic Imaging: Current Research and Clinical Implications.” This is such a big part of what I do, and I was interested in the discussion of stroboscopy and high speed endoscopy in children.


Maia Braden, MS, CCC-SLP, is the pediatric voice supervisor at University of Wisconsin Voice and Swallow Clinics, American Family Children’s Hospital. She is an affiliate of SIG 3; SIG 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders; and SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia). braden@surgery.wisc.edu



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