Association News

Practical Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST) Guidelines for Aphasia

Speaker: Lisa Edmonds, PhD, CCC-SLP

Live Broadcast: Monday, May 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Central) 

Registration will open soon!

For those unable to attend the live broadcast, an archived webinar will be made available shortly thereafter.

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The Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) Membership Committee is pleased to announce that awards will be offered for twelve (12) students to attend the 2020 ANCDS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.  Start-up funds for the original awards offered in 2011 were contributed by Dr. Lawrence Shriberg, keynote speaker for the 2010 ANCDS Annual Meeting, who donated his honorarium back to the ANCDS.  Funds to sustain the program continue to be provided by the ANCDS Executive Board and through donations from ANCDS members.

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The ANCDS Certification Board is pleased to announce that sample case studies have been posted to the ANCDS website to assist individuals interested in pursuing certification.  These are case studies written by two members who have completed the certification process.  The intent is to give people a sense of the type of writing that is expected for the case studies and the general nature of feedback given by reviewers during the process.

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Dafne Abur
Doctoral Student
Boston University
Mentor: Edy Strand


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The focus of this ANCDS presentation was to propose new ideas for providing meaningful and effective treatment for individuals with cognitive-communication disorders.  The recent explosion of ‘person-centered’-ness is changing the ways we think about the services we deliver to our clients. Clinicians' frustration, and the dissatisfaction of our clients, with the effects of current treatment practices compels us to seek out some new and different treatment approaches.

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It's time for the next ANCDS newsletter! As always, we're seeking your help to keep it a relevant and timely publication.

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Looking to buy yourself something special this holiday season, but can't come up with any ideas?  You've come to the right place!

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2019 Annual Scientific & Business Meeting Lecture Recordings

Functional Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders - Fueling the Future 

Recordings Available: January 3, 2020
Recordings Expire: December 31, 2020

Order the recordings.


Functional Treatment for Neurogenic Communication Disorders: Fueling the Future (80 minutes)  

Michelle Bourgeois, PhDMcKay Sohlberg, PhD, and Jacqueline Hinckley, PhD


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Don't miss out on the wonderful opportunities ANCDS has to offer in 2020! Renew your membership today!

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Early registration for the 2019 ANCDS Annual Meeting ends 11/6!
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Hyatt Regency Orlando | Orlando, FL

Functional Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders - Fueling the Future

Natalie Douglas, PhD

Natalie Douglas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Central Michigan University.  Her research aims to advance best, person-centered practices in communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, aphasia, and other acquired communication disorders in adults.  She additionally works to empower local healthcare teams to support quality improvement initiatives and person-centered care through applying principles of implementation science.






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Register for the 2019 ANCDS Annual Meeting!
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Hyatt Regency Orlando | Orlando, FL

Functional Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders - Fueling the Future




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Register for the 2019 ANCDS Annual Meeting!
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Hyatt Regency Orlando | Orlando, FL

Functional Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders - Fueling the Future

Jacqueline Hinckley, PhD


Dr. Hinckley has research and clinical interests in neurologic communication disorders, specifically aphasia and cognition.  She is Board Certified in Neurogenic Communication Disorders by ANCDS and has served as an Executive and Advisory Board member of the National Aphasia Association.  Her particular areas of interest include aphasia treatment research, qualitative methods and approaches, and implementation science.  Currently, she is Co-PI for Project BRIDGE: Building Research Initiatives by Developing Group Effort, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) (2017-2019).  She is the author of two books, Narrative-Based Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, and What Is It Like to Have a Communication Impairment? Simulations for Family, Friends, and Caregivers.  She has served on the Editorial Board of Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation and Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders.  She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters.  She enjoys the opportunities she has to present at national and international conferences and is particularly proud of her former Ph.D. students, who are out changing the world.




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It is time once again to renew your ANCDS membership for the 2020 calendar year!  We are proud to say that in 2019, ANCDS offered its members more opportunities than ever before.  Specifically, we offered five webinars through live and archived formats.  Topics included reading comprehension and gesture treatments for individuals with aphasia, coaching models to support adults with traumatic brain injury, discussion of the link between stress and language for adults with aphasia, and more!  Additionally, we created resources for members through collection and creation of evidence-based practice guidelines.

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