Coordinator's Column Sometimes what seems like a straightforward issue really isn’t when it comes to interpretation and implementation. That’s what the Steering Committee (SC) has been discussing during our last several monthly calls. In 2003 a Committee on Cross-Training (which included several of the current members of the SC) developed a Technical ... Coordinator's Column
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column   |   October 01, 2005
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SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2005, Vol. 14, 1-2. doi:10.1044/sasd14.3.1
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2005, Vol. 14, 1-2. doi:10.1044/sasd14.3.1
Sometimes what seems like a straightforward issue really isn’t when it comes to interpretation and implementation. That’s what the Steering Committee (SC) has been discussing during our last several monthly calls. In 2003 a Committee on Cross-Training (which included several of the current members of the SC) developed a Technical Report and Position Statement entitled “SLPs Training and Supervising Other Professionals in the Delivery of Services to Individuals with Swallowing and Feeding Disorders.” The Position Statement was then approved by the Legislative Council in November of 2003. The statement indicated in part that ASHA members should “not train, via professional education courses or on the job training, or provide direct clinical supervision to individuals or groups of individuals from other professions in the delivery of evaluation and treatment for infants, children, and adults with swallowing and feeding disorders.” This statement was an attempt to elaborate on an earlier association document on “Multiskilled Personnel” that indicates that “ASHA does not support cross-training of clinical skills at a professional level because the welfare of individuals served may be compromised...” Some ASHA members asked the Association for a document that would more directly address the fact that they were being asked to train individuals from other professions to “do dysphagia.” Also, members of other professions were attending courses taught by speechlanguage pathologists and using attendance at such courses as proof that they were prepared to provide services to patients with dysphagia. It was in response to these requests that the Position Statement was developed. (You can see the full content of both of these Statements on ASHA’s Web site. Using the search engine, type in the full name of the document.) Feedback received by staff at the National Office indicated that some members found the new document useful in explaining to employers why they couldn’t train others to take over the speech-language pathologist’s role. In this one-on-one situation, the Position Statement seemed to be helping members.
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