About Special Interest Group 1, Language Learning and Education

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Special Interest Group on Language Learning and Education to support children and adults with developmental language disorders and their families by:

  • providing clinicians and researchers with resources and education related to language development and disorders;
  • promoting excellence in evidence-based clinical practice with children and adults with developmental language disorders and their families;
  • promoting the development and dissemination of basic and applied research in language development and disorders;
  • advocating for professionals specializing in child language clinical practice and research.


Focus Area 1: Issues that Relate to Children and Adults Across the Age Ranges

  • Assessment and intervention for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, Down syndrome, attention deficit, Fragile X syndrome, specific language impairment, early communication delays, developmental disabilities, English language learners, and phonological disorders
  • Research related to children and adults with language and phonological disorders
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity in language learning and effects on literacy learning
  • Policy and service delivery issues related to language learning and education
  • Collaboration and inter-professional education

Focus Area 2: Birth-to-Five Years Old

  • Early language learning and phonological development
  • Methods for identifying children at risk for language disorders
  • Early communicative development and emergent literacy
  • Eligibility and dismissal criteria for preschool children across service settings
  • Policy and service delivery issues for young children with developmental delays or atypical language learning

Focus Area 3: School-Age Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Literacy, learning strategies, and school success
  • Roles and responsibilities of SLPs in language and literacy learning
  • Support for transitioning into adult roles

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the online peer-reviewed scholarly review journal of the SIGs. SIG 1 offers new self-study CE activities through Perspectives each year.  

Continuing Education

Earn ASHA continuing education units (CEUs) through 

  • Self-study of Perspectives and pay the lowest processing fee to take the learning assessments 
  • SIG sponsored Master Classes and one-hour sessions at the annual ASHA Convention 


SIG 1 Affiliates have access to exclusive discussion forums/groups, which provide the opporunity to interact with other SIG Affiliates who share interest in language learning and education. Use ASHA's Member Directory to search for individuals by SIG affiliation. In addition, SIG 1 Affiliates can meet in person and online at an ASHA and SIG 1 sponsored events; typically each SIG hosts an Affiliates meeting at Convention and sponsors a virtual open house. 

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 1 Coordinator represents the Language Learning and Education Special Interest Group within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Additional Resources

Specialty Certification in Child Language

For information on specialty recognition in child language, visit our Clinical Specialty Certification webpage.

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2021–2023 Coordinator: Amy L. Costanza Smith, Oregon Health & Science University 
  • 2023 Associate Coordinator: Kyomi Dana Gregory-Martin, Pace University
  • 2022–2024 Editor: Stacey L. Pavelko, Binghamton University
  • 2021–2023 Professional Development Manager: Karolyn L. Mirasola, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
  • 2023–2025 Member-at-Large: Lauren R. Hastings, Hear to Speak, LLC
  • 2023–2025 Member-at-Large: Adele S. Raade, Eastern New Mexico University
  • Ex Officio: Stacey Ellison Glasgow, Associate Director, School Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Editorial Board

View the Editorial Board Roster for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.

Professional Development Committee

  • Karolyn L. Mirasola, Professional Development Manager
  • Maeline A. Barnstable
  • Nichole A. Bierman Mulvey
  • Elizabeth Ann Buck
  • Elisabel J. Chang
  • Katherine Coleman
  • Kara B. Corley
  • Tiana Cowan
  • Theresa S. Estrem
  • Denise A. Finneran
  • Anne Marie Gritt
  • Min Kyung Han
  • Yolanda D. Keller-Bell
  • Tamika R. LeRay
  • Nicole Marie Magaldi
  • Adam L. Moore
  • Cassie L. Myers
  • Karen L. Nix
  • Terry J. Ragan
  • Debra Schober-Peterson
  • Bonnie D. Singer
  • Kristen R. Victorino
  • Stacey L. Pavelko, Editor
  • Stacey Ellison Glasgow, Ex Officio

Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

  • Janice R. Trent, 2022–2024 Vice President for Audiology Practice
  • Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, 2021–2023 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

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