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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.


Mission & History

Mission

To promote among speech-language pathologists the highest standards for training and service delivery to impact positively the communication skills and thereby the lives of those who demonstrate fluency disorders.
To verify knowledge of fluency disorders and mastery of skills of professionals who seek and maintain the credential of Board Certified Specialist-Fluency.
To publicize the benefits of working with specialists in fluency disorders and to provide an up-to-date listing of individuals who maintain the status of Board Certified Specialist-Fluency.

History

The American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders was the first clinical specialty program approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1998. The idea of a specialty program was driven by the need to give consumers access to professionals with advanced knowledge and skills, and to educate and recognize expert clinicians.
The specialty program, initially known as the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders, came into being through the efforts of both professionals and consumers. It was championed by ASHA’s Special Interest Division 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders, with support from the National Stuttering Association and the Stuttering Foundation of America. Some of the key people involved included Eugene and Crystal Cooper, Hugo Gregory, Oliver Bloodstein, Glyndon and Jeanna Riley, and Dean Williams.
Today we are one of a growing number of ASHA specialty certification programs. Board members are volunteers elected by their peers, and we continue to work closely with both professionals and consumers.

Organization

The minimum five-member American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders is organized, in keeping with its bylaws, to include four officers; Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board's bylaws address such issues as election to the Board, terms-of-office, officer responsibilities, and other critical organizational information.
The ABFFD shall meet regularly and maintain communication in order to fulfill its responsibilities. The Board shall determine and apply procedures for relating to Board Certified Specialists in Fluency. The Board shall recruit and assist candidates who wish to become Board Certified Specialists in Fluency Disorders. The Board shall maintain, refine and revise as necessary the standards and mechanism for such certification and obtain required approval from the CCSC through ASHA.

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563 Carter Court, Suite B, Kimberly, WI 54136

Phone: 920-750-7720 | Fax: 920-882-3655

Email: info@stutteringspecialists.org

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