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ANCDS • Founded in 1985 by a core group of prominent colleagues • Established a professional organization dedicated to promoting quality services for individuals with neurologic communication disorders • Developed a specialty certification in the practice area of neurologic communication disorders • Children and/or • Adult
The Academy The purposes are professional, clinical, educational, scientific and charitable, and are ultimately to encourage the highest quality of life for individuals with neurologic communication disorders.
Purposes • To promote • Quality services through the development of • Training guidelines and clinical practice standards, and • An active specialty certification program • State-of-the-art education of practitioners • The exchange of information and ideas • The highest standards in research • Leadership in clinical expertise • Professional relationships within and across disciplines
At the helm of ANCDS • Executive Board • Standing Committees • Certification Board
Membership • Full Member • Attend meetings, vote, and hold office • PhD +5 yrs experience in field of Neuro, OR hold Board Certification (which does not require a doctorate) • Associate Member • Attend meetings, participate with colleagues, non-voting, ineligible to hold office • For those who are interested in ANCDS activities, those who are in the process of becoming a full member, and students who are not eligible for full membership
Activities • Business of the academy • Board and Committee work • Annual all-day scientific and educational meeting the day before ASHA Convention • Collaboration with the Specialty Interest Group (SIG) 2 – Neurologic Communication Disorders
Why Seek ANCDS Certification? • Certification promotes the highest standard of practice in neurologic communication disorder • Recognizes and supports clinical expertise
Seeking Certification • To be eligible: • Hold the CCC-Speech-Language Pathology(SLP) or current state licensure in SLP • Minimum of 5 years of full-time equivalent clinical experience with neurologic communication disorders • 3 letters of recommendation from health care providers (1 SLP) • Application and fees • Identify area sought: Children, Adult, or Dual
Certification Candidate • One year to complete Board Certification • Certification Process • Step 1: Certification Examination • Step 2: Written Case Summary, Presentation and Discussion
Step 1 - Certification Examination • ANCDS Examination • Multiple choice format • Two versions of exam - Adult or Child • Dual certification requires taking both exams • To assess the ability to integrate knowledge in content areas and specific aspects of clinical practice
Examination – Content Areas • Normal speech, language and cognitive performance as a function of age • Neurolinguistics • Neuroanatomy • Neurophysiology • Sensory physiology • Speech motor control • Cognition • Neuropathology • Neurologic disease • Neurodiagnostic methods
Examination – Aspectsof Clinical Practice • Etiology • Assessment • Differential diagnosis • Prognosis • Interventions • Interdisciplinary issues
Step 2 – Written Case Summary • Submission of a written case summary and quality assessment statement • reviewed by an ANCDS Certification Case Review Team to determine “pass” or “fail” • A successful case review is followed by an oral presentation and discussion of the written case
Written Case Summary • Diagnostic report, treatment plan and results of implementation for a patient with a neurologic communication disorder that the candidate has treated • The objective is to provide reviewers with a comprehensive case that demonstrates excellence in clinical service
Written Case Summary • Relevant History • Assessment Methods/Tests and Results • Diagnostic and Prognostic Conclusions • Management Recommendations and Procedures • Data Documenting Outcome of Treatment • Rationale for Termination of Treatment & Follow-up Recommendations • Brief Self-Critique
Oral Presentation • Grand rounds format with members of the Certification Board • Collegial/interactive discussion to address case questions and areas of interest
ANCDS - Contacts • Website: www.ancds.org • ANCDS P.O. Box 26532 Minneapolis, MN 55426 (952) 920-0196 firstname.lastname@example.org