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Alaska Speech Therapy Scope of Practice

How is speech therapy defined in Alaska?

“Practice of speech-language pathology” means the application of principles, methods, and procedures related to the development and disorders of human communication. 

What is included in the practice of speech therapy?

The practice of speech-language pathology includes:

    • Screening for, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, rehabilitating, and preventing disorders of speech, such as disorders related to articulation, fluency, voice, and language;
    • Screening for, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, and rehabilitating disorders of oralpharyngeal function or dysphagia or related disorders;
    • Screening for, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, and rehabilitating cognitive and communication disorders;
    • Assessing, selecting, and developing augmentative and alternative communication systems and providing training in their use;
    • Providing aural rehabilitation and related counseling services to hearing impaired individuals and their families;
    • Enhancing speech-language proficiency and communication effectiveness, such as accent reduction; and
    • Screening of hearing and other factors for the purpose of speech-language evaluation or the initial identification of individuals with other communication disorders, if judgments and descriptive statements about the results of the screening are limited to pass-fail determinations.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

N/A

Are there any special trainings required?

N/A

Reference

AS 08.11.200

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