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Arizona SLP Scope of Practice

How does Arizona define the practice of speech-language pathology?

"Speech-language pathology" means the nonmedical and nonsurgical application of principles, methods and procedures of assessment, testing, evaluation and prediction related to speech and language and its disorders and related communication impairments for the nonmedical diagnosis, prevention, amelioration or modification of these disorders and conditions.

What is included in the practice of speech-language pathology?

The practice of speech-language pathology in Arizona includes:

    • Rendering or offering to render to an individual or groups of individuals who have or are suspected of having disorders of communication service in speech-language pathology including prevention, identification, evaluation, consultation, habilitation, rehabilitation, instruction and research.
    • Screening, identifying, assessing, interpreting, nonmedical diagnosing and rehabilitating disorders of speech and language.
    • Screening, identifying, assessing, interpreting, nonmedical diagnosing and rehabilitating disorders of oral-pharyngeal functions and related disorders.
    • Screening, identifying, assessing, interpreting, nonmedical diagnosing and rehabilitating cognitive and communication disorders.
    • Assessing, selecting and developing augmentative and alternative communication systems and providing training in the use of these systems and assistive listening devices.
    • Providing aural rehabilitation and related counseling services to hearing impaired persons and their families.
    • Enhancing speech-language proficiency and communication effectiveness.
    • Screening hearing and other factors for speech-language evaluation and initially identifying persons with other communication disorders and making the appropriate referral.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any certifications required for specific practices?



A.R.S. § 36-1901

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