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A Student's Perspective of the ANCDS Annual Meeting

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 Interivew

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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Karen Copeland Interview

Karen Copeland ANCDS Interview

Tell us a little bit about your background as a speech-language pathologist. How long have you been in the profession and what kind of clinical settings have your worked in? I’ve been an SLP for over 30 years. Most of that time has been spent within a medical SLP setting across acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient and home health. I’ve also had the wonderful privilege of being part of the adjunct faculty at two local universities. Most recently, I’ve worked to organize Cowboy Aphasia Camp in the summers at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, where we pair graduate clinicians with people who have aphasia for a week of mutual learning. During the week of camp, I have to pinch myself just so I know it is real, because we are having so much fun that it doesn’t seem like work at all!


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My Beautiful Broken Brain: Continuing life after a brain hemorrhage

My Beautiful Broken Brain: Continuing Life After a Brain Hemorrhage

“Who am I? I’m someone who has a huge amount of friends, is very hard working, travels all over the world, loves to read. . . . (but) what if all of that evidence is removed? What does that make me?”

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

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Winter 2016 Newsletter

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Movie Review - Concussion

Movie Review - Concussion

Amy Vogel-Eyny, Doctoral Candidate and
2015 ANCDS Student Fellow
Graduate Center, City University of New York
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences



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ASHA Announcements

ASHA Announcements

Resources for Practice


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Board Certification Committee

Board Certification Committee

Heather Clark, from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, met all three requirements for completing board certification, and became the ANCDS newest Board Certified member as of November 11, 2015. Congratulations Heather!  In addition, she has graciously agreed to join the Certification Board as our newest member. Her tenure with the committee begins immediately, ending December 31, 2018. The other committee members, with year of term completion are as follows:


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Communications Committee Report

Communications Committee

Chairs: Renee Fabus, PhD. CCC-SLP, TSHH and Miriam Krause, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


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Education and Standards Committee Report

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 2015 meeting in Denver, the committee members (Isabel Hubbard, Diana Petroi, JoAnn Silkes, and myself) discussed several themes. When identifying appropriate themes, the committee took into account themes from previous programs, survey results obtained from 85 attendees from the 2014 meeting, potential presenters from the Colorado regional area, guidance from both the ANCDS president (Stacie Raymer) and the liaison to the committee (Leora Cherney), and the collective knowledge of the committee. The committee chose dual themes: one focusing on the nature, assessment, and treatment of surviving adults with a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Jodi Newman and Lenore Hawley, of Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO, focused on group treatment of social competence in adults with TBI. A second presentation by McKay Moore Sohlberg of the University of Oregon targeted best practices of treatment for mild TBI. The second theme explored quality of life in individuals with neurogenic communication disorders. Katerina Hilari from City University London focused her talk on quality of life in aphasia while Carolyn Baylor of the University of Washington focused on her research regarding quality of life in individuals with motor speech disorders. The Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association sponsored continuing education for the meeting.


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Honors Committee Report

Honors Committee

The Honors Committee for the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) welcomes nominations of current members of ANCDS for the 2016 Honors of the Academy.


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Member Accomplishments

Awards

Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow


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Membership Committee Report

Membership Committee

The membership committee received 33 applications for the 2015 ANCDS Conference Student Fellowships. Ten fellowships were awarded: five to MS/MA students and five to doctoral students.  Fellows received a complimentary year of ANCDS membership, a complimentary year of SIG 2 membership, and complimentary registration to the 2015 ANCDS Scientific and Business Meeting and Luncheon in Denver, CO. Fellows were also provided an ANCDS mentor for the duration of the 2015 Scientific and Business and Luncheon.


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January 2016 President's Message

Message from the President - Farewell & Transition

What a wonderful annual meeting we had in Denver in November! The topics were interesting and speakers were very engaging. Have we ever had an ANCDS luncheon in such a spectacular location?! The snowy Rocky Mountains on a sunny day are majestic. And what fun it was to surprise Anita Halper from the Rehab Institute of Chicago with the Honors of ANCDS!


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Professional Affairs and Research Writing Committee

Professional Affairs and Research Writing Committee

The coming year brings new resources to the Professional Affairs and Research Writing Committees. My term as chair concluded in 2015 and Laura Murray will now take the lead of the group. In addition, two committees have new chairs: Maya Henry will chair the Progressive Neurogenic Communication Disorders (formerly Dementia) Committee, and Deanna Britton will chair the Dysarthria Committee. Returning chairs are Kirrie Ballard (Apraxia of Speech); Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi (TBI) and Mary Purdy (Aphasia). Two publications appeared in 2015 (Apraxia of Speech and TBI). Each committee has a project in the planning or implementation stages.


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July 2015 President's Message

Message from the President

We are six months into an exciting year for ANCDS. It has been a year of considerable transition and I am happy to report that the transition has gone very smoothly. In December we thanked Frances Laven for her many years of service to ANCDS and in January we welcomed Sheryl Hazard and her staff at Association Development Service (ADS) of Minneapolis, Minn., who have taken on the administrative support duties for ANCDS. ADS is learning the new terminology surrounding all things speech-language pathology and neurogenics. Their expertise has been so helpful with updating procedures and practices in ANCDS. First and foremost was their assistance in revising our website.


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Board Certification Committee Report

Board Certification Committee

I am pleased to inform you, there are currently six board-certified applicants in different stages of the board certification process. Of these six, one applicant has passed both of the case study submissions and will progress to the oral defense stage in November during the ANCDS/ASHA Convention in Denver. Of the other applicants, three have submitted their first case studies and are in various stages of review by their assigned committee members. The remaining two applicants have had their applications approved and have yet to submit their first case study.


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Membership Committee Report

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is pleased to report that membership applications are now submitted electronically though the ANCDS website (ancds.org/become-a-member). Since the online membership application process went live this spring, we have approved nine full memberships and five student memberships. Currently, we have 245 full members, 38 student members, and 14 life members, for a total of 297 members. Information about becoming a member can be found under the About Us tab on the ANCDS website.


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Education and Standards Committee Report

Education and Standards Committee

The 2015 ANCDS Annual Scientific and Business Meeting, November 11, 2015, the day prior to the ASHA convention, will be split between two topic areas. The morning presentations will focus on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Lenore Hawley and Jody Newman from Craig Hospital, a Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems institution located in Englewood, CO, will share their findings from a multisite treatment study targeting social competence in adults with TBI. In the afternoon, two separate presentations, one by Katerina Hilari from City University London, and the second by Carolyn Baylor of the University of Washington, will center on recent research targeting the nature and assessment of aspects of the quality of life for individuals with neurogenic communication disorders.


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