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  1. Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders& Sciences

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. At the helm of ANCDS • Executive Board • Standing Committees • Certification Board

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Why Seek ANCDS Certification? • Certification promotes the highest standard of practice in neurologic communication disorder • Recognizes and supports clinical expertise

  9. 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

  10. Certification Candidate • One year to complete Board Certification • Certification Process • Step 1: Certification Examination • Step 2: Written Case Summary, Presentation and Discussion

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Examination – Aspectsof Clinical Practice • Etiology • Assessment • Differential diagnosis • Prognosis • Interventions • Interdisciplinary issues

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Oral Presentation • Grand rounds format with members of the Certification Board • Collegial/interactive discussion to address case questions and areas of interest

  18. ANCDS - Contacts • Website: www.ancds.org • ANCDS P.O. Box 26532 Minneapolis, MN 55426 (952) 920-0196 ancds@incnet.com