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Alabama SLP Scope of Practice
How is speech therapy defined in Alabama?
“Speech‐Language Pathology,” the application of principles, methods and procedures related to the development, disorders and effectiveness of human communication and related functions including but not limited to providing prevention, screening, consultation, assessment and diagnosis, treatment, intervention, management, counseling and follow‐up services for disorders of speech (i.e. articulation, fluency, resonance and voice), language (i.e., phonology, morphology, syntax, pre‐literacy and language‐based literacy skills), swallowing or other upper aerodigestive functions; and cognitive aspects of communication (i.e. attention, memory, problem solving).
The practice of speech‐language pathology also includes establishing augmentative and alternative communication techniques and strategies; including developing, selecting and prescribing of such systems and devices (e.g., speech generating devices); providing services to individuals with hearing loss and their families (e.g., auditory training, speech‐reading, speech and language intervention secondary to hearing loss); screening hearing of individuals who can participate in conventional pure‐tone air conduction methods and screening middle ear pathology through screening tympanometry for the purpose of referral for further evaluation; using instrumentation (e.g., videofluroscopy) to observe, collect data and measure parameters of communication and swallowing; selecting, fitting and establishing effective use of prosthetic/adaptive devices for communication, swallowing or other upper aerodigestive functions (does not include sensory devices used by individuals with hearing loss); and providing services to modify or enhance communication performance.
What is included in the practice of speech therapy?
The practice of speech‐language pathology includes:
Providing screening, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, intervention (i.e. prevention, restoration, amelioration, compensation) and follow‐up services for disorders of:
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
Ala. Code § 34-28A-1
Ala. Admin. Code r. 870‐X‐1‐.01
Ala. Admin. Code r. 870‐X‐7‐.02