Who is a Board Certified Specialist-Fluency?
Speech-language pathologists who have selected to pursue and become Board Certified Specialists-Fluency have advanced knowledge, skills, and experience in evaluating and treating a variety of fluency disorders. They are recognized by the designation of BCS-F. This certification is comparable to board certification held by qualified physicians in a specialty or sub-specialty area.
What are the basic requirements to become and maintain BCS-F status?
In order to become a BCS-F specialist, a speech-language pathologist must meet a series of standards prior to application, including a specific number of contact hours with clients of all ages and accrual of a substantial number of continuing education hours in fluency, fluency disorders, and related topics. Once an application is approved, a candidate completes a comprehensive portfolio of case studies for approval by the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Certification is maintained by ongoing continued education and clinical activity.
Why do we need Specialty Certification in Fluency and Fluency Disorders?
Fluency disorders have long been recognized as complex, low incidence communication problems. Many speech-language pathologists holding the basic Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) may have varying degrees of coursework and clinical experiences in Fluency and Fluency Disorders. BCS-F specialists use their advanced training and expertise in an effort to provide the highest standard of care of those seeking help with fluency disorders.