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Welcome to the team, Sarah!

We are very fortunate that Sarah Wallace, Ph.D., has joined the ANCDS Communications Committee and is now co-editor of the ANCDS Newsletter.  Many of you know Sarah because she is your colleague, mentor, committee member, or running partner.  Sarah is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Adult Language and Cognition clinic in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Wallace also directs the Communication and Cognition Lab at Duquesne.  She has published extensively in the areas of multi modal communication and aphasia along with other publications in the area of neurogenic communication disorders.


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Honors of the Academy


This year, the Academy of Neurologic Disorders and Sciences recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to people who have neurologic communication disorders and to the professionals who work with them for more than 40 years.  In a career that has encompassed clinical and academic settings, this person has served as clinician, administrator, teacher, researcher, consultant, and mentor.  Our honoree is someone who has provided service and leadership in the workplace and in professional associations.  This individual’s work is widely respected, as evidenced by productive collaborations with colleagues in many disciplines.

The distinguished recipient of the 2017 ANCDS Honors:


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Student Fellow Interview

Ryan S. Husak, MS, CCC-SLP
Doctoral Candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky


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Student Fellow Interview

Jenni Shafer, MS
Doctoral student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Student Fellow Interview

Kristen Ackley, B.A., B.S.
Master’s Student at Pennsylvania State University


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ANCDS Student Fellow Program

Congratulations to the newest group of ANCDS student fellows.  These rising stars are sure to go on to do great things!  Thanks to the mentors who volunteer to support these students
at the conference and beyond.  And special thanks to the membership committee for organizing a wonderful program.


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President's Message

Welcome to the first ANCDS newsletter of 2018. It is my privilege to be serving as president this year and I am looking forward to helping advance the important work of our organization. I’d like to extend my gratitude to our Past-President, Richard Peach, for his invaluable efforts on our behalf last year. Thanks to his leadership, our operations have been substantially improved.


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Committee Updates

Education and Standards Committee:
One of the major roles of the Education and Standards Committee is to develop and implement the educational program for the Annual Scientific and Business Meeting.  In completing this task for the 2017 meeting in Los Angeles, the committee members (Jennifer Horner, Isabel Hubbard, Diana Petroi, Gail Pashek, JoAnn Silkes and myself) discussed several themes.  When identifying appropriate themes, the committee considered previous meetings topics, survey results from attendees of the 2016 meeting, potential presenters from the California regional area, guidance from the ANCDS Board liaison to the committee (Julie Wambaugh), and the collective knowledge of the committee. 


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Treatment for Acquired Apraxia of Speech: Overview of Evidence-Based Approaches

Live Broadcast: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 3:00 pm (EST).
Recording Expires: Wednesday, December 12, 2018. 

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This webinar is designed to provide an overview of the general types of therapy approaches available for use in the treatment of acquired apraxia of speech (AOS). The ANCDS AOS practice guidelines will be briefly reviewed and the recent systematic review that updated the guidelines will be discussed. The supporting evidence for various treatment approaches will be described. Current trends and advances in AOS management will also be addressed, with an emphasis on possible clinical application.



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New ANCDS Podcast Released!

Quality Audio Content -  Anytime, Anywhere

We are back with another installment of the ANCDS podcast, and we are inviting you to listen in!

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Principles of Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning: Implications for Neurorehabilitation

Live Broadcast: Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 1:00 pm (EST).
Recording Expires: Thursday, September 13, 2018.

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Join Dr. Stacie Raymer and Dr. Rachel Johnson for a discussion on Principles of Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning: Implications for Neurorehabilitation. Principles of neuroplasticity include treatment variables that address the content of training (use it, salience), and timing of treatment (repetition, intensity) (Kleim, 2011; Kleim & Jones, 2008). Principles of motor learning (PML), adapted from limb motor learning research on nonspeech motor tasks pertain to conditions of practice and augmented feedback (Schmidt & Lee, 2011). In this seminar, we will describe these principles and how they might influence daily treatment decisions in neurologic communication disorders.


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Finance Committee:
Jacqueline Laures-Gore was selected in April as Committee Chair for the new ANCDS Finance Committee. Committee members include Rebecca Shisler Marshall, Melissa Duff, Hsinhuei Sheen Chiou, and Sarah Schellinger. The committee has begun to develop ideas to help ANCDS increase revenue to support its mission and subsequent activities. 

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Dear Members, I hope you all have been enjoying this fine summer. But for any of you who have been affected by the severe floods, fires, tornadoes, or heat that we’ve witnessed this summer, please accept my best wishes that you’ve found the help and support you may have needed to get through the challenges these events have created.

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Quality Audio Content -  Anytime, Anywhere

We are back with another installment of the ANCDS podcast, and we are inviting you to listen in!

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2017 ANCDS Conference Fellowship Awards

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Greetings. It’s been a year since our last newsletter was published so I have much to share with you about the work of the Academy. First, I want to express what an honor it is to have been elected president of ANCDS. Being a member for almost 30 years, I’m proud of the accomplishments of this organization and am excited to now have the opportunity to serve in this role. I also want to express my appreciation, on behalf of all of the members of the Academy, to Past-President Kathy Yorkston who oversaw a year of impressive change and growth within the organization.

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Board Certification Committee:
Congratulations to Karen Copeland, M.A., CCC-SLP, who achieved board certification in adult neurologic communication disorders on 11/16/2016! Karen currently works as an SLP in the outpatient rehabilitation department at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. Her work responsibilities are divided between patient care and coordination of educational activities for the rehab services department, including student clinical rotations and inservice education for rehab therapists. Karen is also an adjunct instructor for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, where she has coordinated Cowboy Aphasia Camp for the past 5 years. She is a Past-President of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a former Chair of the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Karen's research interests include quality of life outcomes for people with aphasia, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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This November, I attended the ANCDS conference as a student fellow. As a second year master's student with strong interest in treatment for neurogenic communication disorders, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend a conference with detailed, evidence-based information about primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Each speaker's presentation covered a different topic regarding evaluation and treatment for PPA; however, the conference was incredibly cohesive. At the time, I was completing my clinical externship at a skilled nursing facility, and was able to bring back what I learned and apply it clinically the next week.

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Barbara Shadden ANCDS Interview

What led you to career as SLP?  My path to speech-language pathology was anything but direct. It began with a deep desire to become an MD, transitioned to psychology and a wish to pursue social work, and then an unexpected leap of faith into the world of speech-language pathology. I knew nothing about the field but remembered being fascinated by reading the work of Roman Jakobson on the nature of this strange thing called aphasia. And once I returned to the university, I realized I had found the profession for me. When I reflect back on this path, every step served a purpose. I became a different kind of doctor and have used my psychology and social work background daily in my work as an SLP. And of course, aphasia eventually became my passion as my career evolved.

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