About ten years ago the requirements for classes and supervised training clinic hours in stuttering therapy were removed by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. 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 in the public schools feel uncomfortable assessing and treating children who stutter because 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. After several years, they devised a Specialization Program that required advanced training and experience in stuttering regulated by mentors who 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 the initial cadre that devised the standards for specialization and was recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in 2001. A new organization was formed to monitor this process, the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Their website provides a search engine to identify specialists by state or name and can be accessed HERE
Not only is Mark Power a Board Certified Stuttering Specialist, but he limits his practice to treating only children and adults who stutter. More information about Mark Power HERE