Sarah Wallace talks about the benefits of belonging to ASHA’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs)—including the SIGs’ online publications, Perspectives, opportunities to collaborate, and chances to develop professional relationships. She also discusses her experience being a member of SIG 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders.
So I belong to SIG 2 for a lot of reasons. I see a lot of benefits to my membership in SIG 2. And I'll add that I also belong to SIG 12, because I see benefits from belonging to multiple SIGs. The biggest benefit is probably the Perspectives articles. Reading through those, I see a lot of connections between what I do in the clinic—and even working with students within the clinic—and then also working on the clinically-based research that I do. And actually, I've seen those benefits begin really early on in my career. So I was encouraged to join both SIG 2 and SIG 12 as a student and maintain my membership because of all those benefits. So probably the best, or the biggest, way that SIG 2 has helped me professionally is through the relationships with colleagues and the opportunities for collaborations and networking that I've received through my SIG 2 membership. This benefit kind of started quite a while ago when I was selected to be the topic representative for adult language disorders for the ASHA convention—and I was the SIG 2 representative.