American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

How I "ACE"d ASHA Continuing Education

Award for Continuing Education (ACE) Recipients Tell Their Stories

Janice Brown"I work with the District of Columbia Public Schools. Although I have worked with students of all ages (preschool through high school) during my 26 years career, I have been assigned to two elementary school over the last five years.

An essential part of our professional understanding comes from establishing and maintaining an interest in best practices not only in our own areas of practice, but across the field of speech-language pathology. As a veteran speech-language pathologist, I believe it is tremendously imperative to stay "fresh" and current in our profession. Hence, I seek to further my education about current research, technology, and therapy techniques and/or strategies to optimize efficiency and effective results. I display my ACE certificate in my office; and many people ask what it is. In addition, I provide copies of my certificates to my principal and my program manager.

As a Clinical Fellowship supervisor, I consistently encourage recent graduates and new clinicians about the necessity of continuing to study, research, and apply recommended best practices when providing direct intervention services to individuals with speech and/or language disorders. Continuing education is vital to being an effective clinician.

I honestly believe that if one wants to effectively work in the areas of speech-language pathology they must adopt the belief that this field involves a journey of life-long learning through new research and trends in our profession. Continuing education is essential in providing the best services possible for our clients."

Submitted by Janice Brown, Washington, DC

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