Sarah Schneider Authors ASHA Paper on Voice and Upper Airway Competencies for SLPs

August 11, 2022
Headshot of Sarah Schneider, a white woman with dark curly hair wearing a white medical coat

Sarah L. Schneider, MS, CCC-SLP of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF OHNS) recently published "Getting up to speed: Voice and upper airway competencies" as the sole author.

Schneider is an associate clinical professor of UCSF OHNS and co-director of the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center and director of Speech Language Pathology. In the article, she introduces a framework to help experienced speech language pathologists (SLPs) with limited voice and upper airway experiences develop competencies in those areas, which can be a competitive and somewhat elusive specialty.

Schneider covers topics including acknowledgement of previous experience, considerations around onboarding, SLP mentorship and the value of evidence-based practice.

"Considering SLPs with diverse clinical backgrounds brings different voices and viewpoints to this work," Schneider writes in the conclusion of the article. "The provided framework can give experienced SLPs interested in voice and upper disorders along with hiring managers a pathway for the development of competencies and mentorship through this process."

The article was published in the Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.  

The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)'s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) program was created with the goals of promoting specific professional interests among ASHA members, developing communication and networking in diverse professional settings, identify and convey concerns and needs to ASHA governance and assisting in policy formatting.

As an ASHA member, Schneider is a member of the Special Interest Group 3 and 18, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders (SIG3) and Telepractice (SIG18). She serves as the SIG3 Professional Development Manager and was recently elected an ASHA Fellow.