Strengthen Requirements for Fluency Training We at the Stuttering Foundation were shocked and saddened by the May 18 article, “Fluency Board Streamlines Recognition Process,” by James McClure and Chamonix Olsen. No explanation was given for the elimination of the one objective and verifiable part of the recognition process—the national written examination. Much hard work and ... Inbox
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  • Jane Fraser, Memphis, Tenn.
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Strengthen Requirements for Fluency Training
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.15102010.2
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.15102010.2
We at the Stuttering Foundation were shocked and saddened by the May 18 article, “Fluency Board Streamlines Recognition Process,” by James McClure and Chamonix Olsen.
No explanation was given for the elimination of the one objective and verifiable part of the recognition process—the national written examination. Much hard work and many dollars went into making the exam a truly objective one.
Also, a clinician with only two years of experience may have gained little knowledge about treating communication disorders in general, let alone qualify as a specialist in stuttering!
As for the comment, “After you earn your CCCs, specialty recognition may be the only opportunity you have to be mentored and guided as a clinician,” a person committed to becoming a competent clinician identifies and seeks out mentors throughout his or her entire career.
I hope ASHA will give serious consideration to strengthening requirements in fluency training across the board, including those to qualify for the Certificate of Clinical Competence, so that children and adults who stutter will receive the help they need.
As ASHA’s early president Robert W. West wrote, “Life without speech is empty; and life devoid of communication is scarcely better than death. Therefore, the duty we owe is sacred; and our calling is gravely important.”
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