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Alabama Speech Therapy Definitions 

The Alabama speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions.

Clinical Fellowship (CF) - Required practical experience following successful completion of a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at an accredited university or equivalent as determined by the Board.

Good Moral Character - A person shall be deemed to be of good moral character provided that said individual has not pleaded guilty to or been convicted of any felony, any violation of corruption of a minor, any offense of violence, theft offense, or drug abuse offense that is not a minor misdemeanor, or any substantively comparable ordinance of a municipal corporation or of another state.

Gross Negligence - A SLP commits gross negligence, when his/her actions reveal a disregard for the services needed for proper treatment of the patient. This shall include, but is not limited to, the failure to properly diagnose the patient’s condition and failure to properly administer and interpret administered tests based upon current and established procedures of the profession. Evidence of gross negligence can be direct or circumstantial.

License - Any license issued by the Board to practice speech-language pathology.

Licensee - A person holding a license to practice speech language pathology, but not including the participants of (CF) or Fourth Year Internship.

Patient Site - Patient’s physical location at the time of receipt of the telepractice services.

Person - Any individual, group, association, limited or general partnership, corporation, or any other business entity.

Preceptor/Supervisor/Other Synonymous Title - Any person who is licensed and has the responsibility of supervising or overseeing the training or activities of assistants, students, externs, participants of CF or Fourth-Year Internship and others providing speech language pathology services without full licenses.

Provider - A licensed SLP who provides telepractice services.

Provider Site - The licensee’s physical location at the time of the provision of telepractice services.

Speech‐Language Pathologist - Any person who engages in the practice of speech-language pathology and who meets the qualifications set forth in Alabama Code §34- 28A-21 (1975). A person represents oneself to be a SLP when he/she holds oneself out to the public by any means, or by any service or function performed, directly or indirectly, or by using the terms “speech pathology,” “speech pathologist,” “speech therapy,” “speech therapist,” “speech teacher,” “speech correction,” “speech correctionist,” “speech clinic,” “speech clinician,” “language therapy,” “language therapist,” “language pathology,” “ language pathologist,” “logopedics,”“ logopedist,” “communicology,” “communicologist,” “ aphasiology,” “aphasiologist,” “phoniatrist,” or any variation, synonym, coinage or other word that expresses, employs or implies these terms, names or functions.

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).

Speech‐Language Pathology Assistant - Any variation, synonym or coinage of the term is defined as an individual who meets minimum qualifications established by the Board, which are less than those established by Alabama Code §34-28A-21 (1975) as necessary for licensing as a speech-language pathologist; does not act independently; and works under the direction and supervision of a speech-language pathologist licensed under Section 34-28A21.


Ala. Admin. Code 870-X-1-.01

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