ASHA's New Standards for Pre-professional Training in Speech-Language Pathology and What They May Mean for AAC Whether we remember the specifics or not, as students in a speech-language pathology training program, we were required to meet a variety of academic and clinical standards mandated by ASHA. These standards were in place for a number of reasons: to assure that our training programs were accreditable by ASHA, ... SIG News
SIG News  |   December 01, 2003
ASHA's New Standards for Pre-professional Training in Speech-Language Pathology and What They May Mean for AAC
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  • Ann Ratcliff
    Department of Communication Disorders, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / SIG News
SIG News   |   December 01, 2003
ASHA's New Standards for Pre-professional Training in Speech-Language Pathology and What They May Mean for AAC
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2003, Vol. 12, 22-24. doi:10.1044/aac12.5.22
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2003, Vol. 12, 22-24. doi:10.1044/aac12.5.22
Whether we remember the specifics or not, as students in a speech-language pathology training program, we were required to meet a variety of academic and clinical standards mandated by ASHA. These standards were in place for a number of reasons: to assure that our training programs were accreditable by ASHA, to prepare us for the Certificate of Clinical Competence, and to protect our clientele. In the past, the standards emphasized process measures, such as completion of certain academic courses and logging of a specified amount of clinical clock hours in designated areas (e.g., 20 hours each in treatment of fluency, articulation, etc. disorders). These standards have been revised so that students graduating from training programs in speech-language pathology in 2005 will need to have been trained with these new standards in place. This means that students entering a training program in the fall of 2003 will need to begin the recordkeeping to measure progress in meeting the new standards.
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