Developing the Talents of Future Dysphagia Experts: A Conceptual Framework This article addresses adult learning theory, social cognitive theory, and level of expertise and its effect upon professional growth and development. Training and education strategies to enhance skill acquisition and development related to dysphagia evaluation and treatment are discussed. In most areas of life, and especially in clinical circles, it ... Article
Article  |   August 12, 2016
Developing the Talents of Future Dysphagia Experts: A Conceptual Framework
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan L. Brady
    Department of Quality, Outcomes, Research, & Education, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital/ Northwestern Medicine, Wheaton, IL
  • Letha Wiliams
    Department of Health Administration A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO
  • Mark Hakel
    Department of Education, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Theresa Pape
    Research Services, Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
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Article   |   August 12, 2016
Developing the Talents of Future Dysphagia Experts: A Conceptual Framework
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2016, Vol. 1, 97-103. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.97
History: Received December 16, 2015 , Revised March 1, 2016 , Accepted March 2, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2016, Vol. 1, 97-103. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.97
History: Received December 16, 2015; Revised March 1, 2016; Accepted March 2, 2016

This article addresses adult learning theory, social cognitive theory, and level of expertise and its effect upon professional growth and development. Training and education strategies to enhance skill acquisition and development related to dysphagia evaluation and treatment are discussed. In most areas of life, and especially in clinical circles, it is common to defer to the “experts”. Looking for external, third-party validation from the “experts” can be a comfortable solution to a difficult question or challenging issue. But who are these “experts”? More to the point, what specific characteristics makes a clinician a dysphagia expert and what is the pathway to attaining this level of expertise?

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