All licensed speech pathologists are permitted to treat stuttering. The problem is that most of them have little or no training in stuttering. Learn more about the difference between a Board Certified, Stuttering Specialist or Fluency Specialist, compared to non-certified, but licensed, speech pathologists that try to treat people who stutter.
Furthermore, about ten years ago the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association removed all of the requirements for University classes and supervised training clinic hours in stuttering therapy. Graduate schools complained that they weren’t able to find enough stutterers for their clinics. Or professors to teach the stuttering classes. As a result, a student can graduate and obtain a license in Speech Pathology without any classes or training in stuttering.
Studies have shown that the majority of speech pathologists feel uncomfortable assessing and treating children who stutter. They feel inadequately prepared when they see a child who stutters.
At about this same time, a few members of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association decided to start a Special Interest Division in Fluency and Fluency Disorders. So, after several years, they devised a Specialization Program. In addition, this program required advanced training and experience in stuttering. Mentors certified successful candidates as Board Certified Specialists in Fluency (BCS-F).
There are now about 160 Board Certified Specialists in Fluency in the United States. Mark Power was a member is this initial cadre that devised the standards for specialization. Mark became a Board Certified Stuttering Specialist in 2001.
Not only is Mark Power a Board Certified Stuttering Specialist and Fluency Specialist, but he limits his practice to treating only children and adults who stutter.
Reviewing the difference between a Board Certified Stuttering Specialist or Fluency Specialist, and all general licensed speech pathologists.
What is a Board Certified Stuttering Specialist
Board Certified Specialists in Fluency are individuals who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Therefore, they have demonstrated a high level of knowledge and clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating individuals with fluency disorders.
As a result, they are BCS-F – Board Certified Specialist – Fluency. Standards for Certification, approved by the Council For Clinical Certification of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, must be met in order to apply for Specialty Certification in Fluency. The American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders reviews candidates knowledge and clinical abilities in order to become a specialist. Reference: American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders
What are Speech Pathologists
Speech-language Pathology is a field of expertise practiced by a clinician known as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). They are also called speech and language therapist, or speech therapist. They specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of communication disorders. These include articulation disorders, language disorders, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders. Reference: Wikipedia
Speech Pathology students can graduate and obtain a license in Speech Pathology without any training in stuttering or even any classes in stuttering. And yet, all are permitted, because they are licensed, to treat those with stuttering conditions.
Get in Touch
If you have questions about stuttering, want a Free Consultation by Phone (15 minutes) or wish to make an appointment for yourself or your child please get in touch with Mark Power, ASHA Board Certified Stuttering Specialist at the Power Stuttering Therapy Center.
Mark Power M.A., CCC-SP, BCS-F is a stuttering specialist. He has been treating people who stutter for the past 25 years. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association awarded Board Certification in Fluency Disorders (BCS-F) to Mark in 2001. He has served on its Task Force for Fluency Services in the Public Schools.
Power Stuttering Therapy – Director
Fluency Coordinator – Los Angeles County Office of Education
Adjunct Faculty – California State University, Long Beach
ASHA Board Certified Specialist in Fluency (BCS-F) – American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders
* CEU Provider – California Department of Consumer Affairs
Mark, once a severe stutterer himself, is dedicated to providing effective stuttering treatment to all people who stutter.
Mark presents “hands-on” training workshops on stuttering therapy techniques to many school districts, hospitals and practices in California, in the United States and internationally. Furthermore, he has been on the faculty of the Communicative Disorders Department at California State University, Long Beach. He was the Fluency Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Mark maintains a private practice in Orange County, California treating adults and children who stutter.