Coordinator's Column Remember the game of “telephone” you played when you were younger? You started the message and whispered it to a friend, who told the next person, and so on. At the end of the line, the message usually bore little resemblance to the original! It seems this phenomenon was ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   June 01, 2006
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column   |   June 01, 2006
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SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2006, Vol. 15, 1-2. doi:10.1044/sasd15.2.1
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2006, Vol. 15, 1-2. doi:10.1044/sasd15.2.1
Remember the game of “telephone” you played when you were younger? You started the message and whispered it to a friend, who told the next person, and so on. At the end of the line, the message usually bore little resemblance to the original! It seems this phenomenon was at work after the Legislative Council’s decision to rescind the Position Statement: SLPs Training and Supervising Other Professionals in the Delivery of Services to Individuals with Swallowing and Feeding Disorders. The message being shared on the e-mail list and Web forum about the outcome of the Council’s action was indeed distorted. The intent of this action was to relieve a burden placed on ASHA Continuing Education Providers who, as a result of the Continuing Education Board’s (CEB) implementation of the policy, were experiencing restrictions on the types of multidisciplinary conferences they could sponsor. The rescission does not mean (as the distorted message at the end of the current “telephone” game seemed to indicate) that ASHA supports SLPs training any other professional to provide dysphagia services. To the contrary, another Position Statement that is still in effect— Roles of SLPs in Swallowing and Feeding Disorders—states that the SLP plays a “primary role in the evaluation and treatment of infants, children, and adults with swallowing and feeding disorders.” That document lists 12 appropriate roles for SLPs; the pertinent ones regarding training are
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