Where Have All the Speech Scientists Gone? Are speech scientists who are interested in cleft palate-related issues a dying breed? I fear the numbers are getting fewer and there is not sufficient replenishment. My observations come from experience within ASHA as well as within the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). I had the privilege of chairing the ... Viewpoint
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Where Have All the Speech Scientists Gone?
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  • David P. Kuehn
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Where Have All the Speech Scientists Gone?
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 1998, Vol. 8, 5-6. doi:10.1044/ssod8.1.5
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 1998, Vol. 8, 5-6. doi:10.1044/ssod8.1.5
Are speech scientists who are interested in cleft palate-related issues a dying breed? I fear the numbers are getting fewer and there is not sufficient replenishment. My observations come from experience within ASHA as well as within the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). I had the privilege of chairing the Voice and Resonance Disorders Subcommittee for the 1998 ASHA Convention. There were 109 submissions to this subcommittee, 63 (58%) of which included new data. Only 13 (12%) of the submissions were related to cleft lip/palate or other craniofacial anomalies. According to Jeannette Hoit, chair of the 1998 Speech Science Subcommittee, there were 46 submissions to that subcommittee, only two of which were related to velopharyngeal aspects, one anatomic and one aerodynamic. I have not systematically compared these numbers to past submissions, but I suspect the proportions are down considerably from what they used to be.
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