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1 Specialty Recognition for Pediatric Audiology Patti Martin, Ph.D., CCC-A Arkansas Childrens Hospital Brandt Culpepper, Ph.D., CCC-A Towson University 2005 EHDI Annual Conference Atlanta, Georgia

2 Objectives Describe specialty recognition Describe specialty recognition Review the existing process for specialty recognition (ASHA & AAA) Review the existing process for specialty recognition (ASHA & AAA) Present the current status of specialty recognition development Present the current status of specialty recognition development Ask for input from professionals and families involved in EHDI Ask for input from professionals and families involved in EHDI

3 What is Specialty Recognition? A credential recognizing: A credential recognizing: expertise in a specialized area of practiceexpertise in a specialized area of practice skills, knowledge, and expertise above and beyond those outlined as meeting minimal competency standardsskills, knowledge, and expertise above and beyond those outlined as meeting minimal competency standards

4 Why is Specialty Recognition valuable? Allows for identification of expertise Allows for identification of expertise Personal satisfaction of recognition for advanced knowledge, skills, and experience Personal satisfaction of recognition for advanced knowledge, skills, and experience Tools for marketing and negotiating higher reimbursement rates in contracts Tools for marketing and negotiating higher reimbursement rates in contracts Mechanism for qualifying for career ladders Mechanism for qualifying for career ladders

5 Potential Value to EHDI Assist in identifying audiologists with interest, skills, knowledge, and expertise in working with infants and young children and their families Assist in identifying audiologists with interest, skills, knowledge, and expertise in working with infants and young children and their families Assist in developing referral lists for EHDI programs Assist in developing referral lists for EHDI programs

6 NCHAM Annual Surveys

7 ASHA: Who is eligible for Specialty Recognition? Audiologists and Speech-language pathologists Audiologists and Speech-language pathologists Applicants must hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical CompetenceApplicants must hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence Must have post-CCC experienceMust have post-CCC experience Clinical and educational Clinical and educational

8 ASHA: Specialty Recognition Programs now in Place Child LanguageChild Language Fluency DisordersFluency Disorders Swallowing and Swallowing DisordersSwallowing and Swallowing Disorders

9 Key Components of ASHAs Specialty Recognition Program Completely voluntaryCompletely voluntary Non-exclusionaryNon-exclusionary Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologist who choose not to seek Specialty Recognition will not be excluded from practicing in that specific area Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologist who choose not to seek Specialty Recognition will not be excluded from practicing in that specific area Member-drivenMember-driven

10 ASHA Specialty Recognition Process Run by the Council of Clinical Specialty Recognition (CCSR) Run by the Council of Clinical Specialty Recognition (CCSR) CCSR appoints a primary facilitator CCSR appoints a primary facilitator To provide assistance and serves as a liaison between the petitioning group and CCSRTo provide assistance and serves as a liaison between the petitioning group and CCSR Two-stage Application Process (Stage I and II) Two-stage Application Process (Stage I and II) Both stages involve a period of public commentBoth stages involve a period of public comment Establish the Specialty Board Establish the Specialty Board Complete legal process of becoming incorporated Complete legal process of becoming incorporated Develop Specialty Board Manual Develop Specialty Board Manual Accept applicants for Specialty Recognition Accept applicants for Specialty Recognition

11 ASHA Petitioning Body ASHA Special Interest Division 9: Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood ASHA Special Interest Division 9: Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood

12 Stage I A Petitioning Group defines the proposed specialty area, including the consumer population, and documents that the petitioning group is composed of practitioners who provide services in that area A Petitioning Group defines the proposed specialty area, including the consumer population, and documents that the petitioning group is composed of practitioners who provide services in that area

13 Steering Committee Members (Stage 1) Judy Curtin, MA, CCC-SLP/A, Coordinator Westchester University Tamala Bradham, Ph.D., CCC-A, Associate Coordinator Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Gayla Hutsell, MA, CCC-A/SLP, Cert. AVT, Member Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Brandt Culpepper, Ph.D., CCC-A, Member Towson State University Jeanane Ferre, Ph.D., CCC-A, Member Private Practice

14 Stage I Application (cont) By the end of Stage I, the petitioning group should have: By the end of Stage I, the petitioning group should have: Defined the specialty areaDefined the specialty area Documented the needDocumented the need Obtained letters of supportObtained letters of support

15 Stage I Application (cont) Upon approval of the Stage I application: Upon approval of the Stage I application: the petitioning group has exclusive rights within ASHA for 18 months to proceed with the Stage II application in that specialty areathe petitioning group has exclusive rights within ASHA for 18 months to proceed with the Stage II application in that specialty area

16 Stage II Application Purpose: Purpose: Build upon the approved Stage I document by which a successful specialty recognition program in an area will be accomplishedBuild upon the approved Stage I document by which a successful specialty recognition program in an area will be accomplished By the end of Stage II, the petitioning group should have: By the end of Stage II, the petitioning group should have: Developed the process for obtaining specialty recognitionDeveloped the process for obtaining specialty recognition Defined the requirements of the practicing area,Defined the requirements of the practicing area, Established methods for assessment of knowledge and experience, andEstablished methods for assessment of knowledge and experience, and Have secured financial viability of the proposed Specialty BoardHave secured financial viability of the proposed Specialty Board

17 Steering Committee Members (Stage II) Judy Curtin, MA, CCC-SLP/A, Coordinator Westchester University Gayla Hutsell, MA, CCC-A/SLP, Cert. AVT, Member Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Jeanane Ferre, Ph.D., CCC-A, Member, CCSR Facilitator Private Practice Patti Martin, Ph.D., CCC-A, Member Arkansas Childrens Hospital Diane Sabo, Ph.D., CCC-A, Member Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh, Univ. of Pittsburgh

18 Where are we now? ?

19 History of Specialty Recognition in Areas Related to Childhood Deafness Auditory-Verbal Communication Auditory-Verbal Communication Certification Council of Auditory-Verbal InternationalCertification Council of Auditory-Verbal International Received Stage I approval in 1997Received Stage I approval in 1997 Withdrew application in 1999Withdrew application in 1999 Specialty Recognition in Hearing Disorders in Children Specialty Recognition in Hearing Disorders in Children Division 9: Hearing and Hearing Disorders in ChildhoodDivision 9: Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood Started the process in 1998Started the process in 1998 Submitted Stage I application (twice) in 2000Submitted Stage I application (twice) in 2000 Response from CCSR – Too Broad in ScopeResponse from CCSR – Too Broad in Scope

20 Recent Events Division 9 continued to proceed with resubmission process of the Stage I application in June 2004 Division 9 continued to proceed with resubmission process of the Stage I application in June 2004 Pediatric Audiology Pediatric Audiology Aural Habilitation Aural Habilitation

21 Pediatric Audiology Subcommittee reformed in June 2004 Subcommittee reformed in June 2004 Subcommittee members met and secured letters of support Subcommittee members met and secured letters of support Submitted Stage I application in September 2004 Submitted Stage I application in September 2004 Received verbal approval November 2004 Received verbal approval November 2004 Obtaining public input for Stage II application Obtaining public input for Stage II application

22 Aural Habilitation Contacted CCSR with intent June 2004 Contacted CCSR with intent June 2004 Subcommittee has met on three occasions Subcommittee has met on three occasions Appointed primary facilitator in November 2004 Appointed primary facilitator in November 2004 Obtaining public input for Stage I application Obtaining public input for Stage I application

23 Whats in a Name? ASHA - Specialty Recognition ASHA - Specialty Recognition identified as a Board Recognized Specialist in ***** identified as a Board Recognized Specialist in ***** AAA – Specialty Certification – AAA – Specialty Certification – Identified as having Advanced Certification with Specialty Recognition in *****Identified as having Advanced Certification with Specialty Recognition in *****

24 AAA Task Force: Advanced Certification with Specialty Recognition in Pediatric Audiology Chair : Chair : James A. Beauchamp, Au.D. Board Certified in Audiology Tulare County Office of Education Hearing & Speech Center 500 South Laspina Street Tulare, California James A. Beauchamp, Au.D. Board Certified in Audiology Tulare County Office of Education Hearing & Speech Center 500 South Laspina Street Tulare, California

25 AAA Task Force Working on the defining the process for developing pediatric specialty certification. Working on the defining the process for developing pediatric specialty certification. Now defining the areas that should be included as a part of pediatric audiology certification. Now defining the areas that should be included as a part of pediatric audiology certification. After areas are defined, will outline how to determine eligibility for certification. After areas are defined, will outline how to determine eligibility for certification. Goal: present a firm recommendation to ABA for their implementation by July 1 of this year. Goal: present a firm recommendation to ABA for their implementation by July 1 of this year. The ABA Board of Governors must then decide how they wish to proceed. The ABA Board of Governors must then decide how they wish to proceed.

26 AAA American Board of Audiology (ABA) American Board of Audiology (ABA) Voluntary CertificationVoluntary Certification Not tied to membership in any specific organizationNot tied to membership in any specific organization Now recognized by 6 state licensure boards (Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, Ohio)Now recognized by 6 state licensure boards (Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, Ohio) Specialty Certification Specialty Certification Recently initiated: Cochlear ImplantsRecently initiated: Cochlear Implants

27 Next Steps ASHA Div 9 Steering Committee and Specialty Recognition Sub-committees to meet with AAA Task Force to discuss combining efforts towards defining pediatric audiologists ASHA Div 9 Steering Committee and Specialty Recognition Sub-committees to meet with AAA Task Force to discuss combining efforts towards defining pediatric audiologists

28 Questions? Comments? Concerns?


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