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					 Academy of Neurologic
Communication Disorders
      & Sciences
                    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
          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.
                       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
      At the helm of ANCDS

Executive Board

Standing Committees

Certification Board
                   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
                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 Division
(SID) 2 – Neurologic Communication Disorders
 Why Seek ANCDS Certification?

Certification promotes the highest standard of
practice in neurologic communication disorder

Recognizes and supports clinical expertise
        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
     Certification Candidate

One year to complete Board Certification

Certification Process
– Step 1: Certification Examination
– Step 2: Written Case Summary, Presentation and
  Discussion
 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
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
        Examination – Aspects
          of Clinical Practice
Etiology
Assessment
Differential diagnosis
Prognosis
Interventions
Interdisciplinary issues
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
     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
        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
         Oral Presentation

Grand rounds format with members of the
Certification Board

Collegial/interactive discussion to address case
questions and areas of interest
     ANCDS - Contacts
Website: www.ancds.duq.edu/
ANCDS
P.O. Box 26532
Minneapolis, MN 55426
(952) 920-0484
ancds@incnet.com