Q. What is the AACN Pediatric Special Interest Group (SIG)?
A. The AACN Pediatric SIG is a group of AACN members and affiliates (including student members) who are building a “home” within the AACN that promotes clinical work with children. Although open to all interested AACN members and affiliates, the SIG is focused on the interests of pediatric, child-clinical, and lifespan developmental neuropsychologists. That’s a mouthful, so we use the shorthand term “pediatric” instead of creating yet another bulky acronym.
Q. Does the AACN Pediatric SIG confer special certification or credential?
A. The AACN Pediatric SIG is a membership group, not a credentialing body. Some members may be working on developing a pediatric subspecialization within ABCN, and some members may hold certificates from other credentialing bodies. That’s up to them. As long as members are contributing to mission of the AACN Pediatric SIG (building a home within the AACN that promotes neuropsychological work with children) and abide by the rules of the affiliated list-serve, we’re proud to have them.
Q. Is the AACN Pediatric SIG open to everyone?
A. It is open to any AACN member or affiliate in good standing.
Q. Is it open to students?
A. Absolutely. AACN Student members are just as welcome as Active, Affiliate, or Senior AACN members. Students bring enthusiasm and creative thinking. That’s why we are actively pursuing ways to make it easier for students to join the AACN more broadly, so that they can become part of the AACN Pediatric SIG.
Q. Does it cost anything to join?
A. If you’re current on your AACN member or affiliate dues, you’re good to go. Like other AACN subcommittees, we are a member-driven group. The AACN is footing the bill for our online community.
Q. What’s this about an “Online Community?”
A. That’s one of the cool things about the AACN Pediatric SIG. With the help of our members, we are building web pages with specifically relevant resources, and have developed a listserve to promote efficient communication within the group. Our goal is to make this a truly integrated online community, and we will continue to look at other ways of leveraging technology to further the SIG mission.
Q. Another listserve? Don’t we already have enough?
Q. Do I need a Google account to become a member?
A. You can join with or without a Google account, though you’ll find it much easier to manage your list settings if you have one, which is free and easy to create. If you do not have a Google account and want to make one that is linked to your current e-mail, go to https://accounts.google.com/SignUpWithoutGmail and follow the instructions, entering in whichever e-mail address you want linked to the listserve (if you use Gmail, you may learn that an account already exists, even if you didn’t know it). To become a member, visit this page. Please note that the latter page is only accessible to current (dues-paid) members. You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail once you have been added.
Q. Do I need to become an AACN Pediatric SIG member to view messages?
A. Similar to the AACN and AACN Community Discussion lists, only AACN Pediatric SIG members are able to readily view messages. We have noticed that small portions of specific messages might be displayed in response to a Google Groups search, but these are typically fragmented and incoherent excerpts.
Q. How do I change my settings to get real-time updates, a bundled email that tells me about activity in the group (i.e., digest), view messages online only without any email, temporarily suspend messages (e.g., for vacation), or unsubscribe?
A. Although you do not need a Google account to become a member or post and view messages, managing your membership does require a Google account. If you have a Google account, log into it, and then click on the link at the bottom of the page for “Groups – Manage subscriptions.” Next, click on “My Groups” and then “AACN Ped Sig” Finally, click on “My Membership” and select your desired settings. If you want to unsubscribe and are not a Google member or do not have a Google account, send an email to: