Specialty Recognition Some affiliates have responded to the Specialty Recognition draft which was printed in the last newsletter. Thoughtful questions from Maureen Lefton-Greif, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, are as follows: Is there an initial grandfathering process for speech-language pathologists to be awarded specialty recognition and/or become examiners? How many speech-language ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 1997
Specialty Recognition
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Article   |   April 01, 1997
Specialty Recognition
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 1997, Vol. 6, 8. doi:10.1044/sasd6.1.8
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), April 1997, Vol. 6, 8. doi:10.1044/sasd6.1.8
Some affiliates have responded to the Specialty Recognition draft which was printed in the last newsletter. Thoughtful questions from Maureen Lefton-Greif, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, are as follows:
  1. Is there an initial grandfathering process for speech-language pathologists to be awarded specialty recognition and/or become examiners? How many speech-language pathologists meet the qualifications for becoming examiners? How do the proposed qualifications compare with those identified for other specialty recognition groups (e.g., neurogenics)? Is there a term limit for examiners?

  2. How will mentors be identified and compensated for their time? How will applicants be assured of receiving help from mentors?

  3. How many exams will need to be developed, particularly if applicants can repeat sections previously failed? Is there a time table or statute of limitations between passing one component of the exam and repeating sections previously failed?

  4. What is the appeals process if someone fails the recertification examination? If the exam is failed, does an individual need to repeat the entire process?

  5. How will the travel expenses for the examiners and applicants be supported? If mentors are not locally accessible to applicants, how will these travel fees be supported?

  6. What is the incentive for a place of employment to help underwrite these fees? What is the incentive to the membership to proceed with this process?

  7. Could applicants provide tapes of dysphagia evaluations (clinical and instrumental) and treatment sessions with appropriate documentation (in order to decrease travel expenses)?

  8. If there are revisions to this draft, will there be input from speech-language pathologists who specialize in pediatric dysphagia?

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