About Perspectives and Its Editors

Perspectives is the online member publication for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The SIGs began publishing newsletters for their affiliates in 1991. Those publications have expanded and evolved over the years and are now reviewed according to the criteria set forth by the Continuing Education Board of ASHA.

Further, all of the SIGs publish content on the graduate level for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, enabling readers to earn Continuing Education credits for self-study of Perspectives.

Although subject to editorial review and continuing education review, Perspectives is not a peer reviewed scholarly journal.

Perspectives is focused on narrow topics of interest to professionals practicing in or conducting research related to communications sciences and disorders. Typically, Perspectives is disorder-oriented (e.g., swallowing and swallowing disorders), though some SIGs focus on topics across disorders (e.g., gerontology or diversity) or that relate to pedagogy or supervision.

Each Perspectives boasts an Editor with special knowledge and expertise in the focus topics of that SIG. Each SIG's content is reviewed by a Continuing Education Content Manager and a standing Board of Reviewers who ensure that content meets requirements for ASHA continuing education self-studies.

About Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood

Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood (formerly known as the Division 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood Newsletter) is published two times annually (March and September) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Special Interest Group 9 has as its main focus all areas related to childhood hearing. The mission is to provide a unified voice and advocacy for childhood hearing issues within ASHA. Other functions of the division are to permit interaction between members who share the same concerns; to provide for study sections within the division, with members of other divisions, and with members of allied health groups; to provide a forum for demonstration and sharing of new technologies, research, clinical developments, and treatment outcomes; and to provide a vehicle for input into education and training issues related to hearing in childhood.


K. Todd Houston, University of Akron

Continuing Education Content Manager

Kathy Beauchaine, Boys Town National Research Hospital

Production Editor

Frank Wisswell, Publications, ASHA

Advertising Sales

Pamela J. Leppin, Director, Advertising Sales, ASHA

2014 Coordinating Committee

SIG Coordinator

Douglas Sladen, Mayo Clinic

Associate Coordinator

Melody Harrison, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Jeffrey L. Simmons, Boys Town National Research Hospital

Kathryn S. Wilson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

ASHA Board of Directors Board Liaisons

Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice

Gail J. Richard, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Ex Officio

Anne Oyler, Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices, ASHA

2014 List of Reviewers

Sophie Ambrose

Karen L. Anderson

Arlene Brown

William Douglas

Jeanane M. Ferre

Donald M. Goldberg

Gayla Hutsell Guignard

Patti Martin

Hollea McClellan Ryan

Ryan McCreery

Kris Owen

Christina Perigoe

Gale B. Rice

Andrea Rose-Hardison

Diane L. Sabo

Jeff Simmons

Douglas Sladen

Kathryn Wilson

Jace A. Wolfe

Kelly Yeager

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