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Arkansas Speech Therapy Definitions 

The Arkansas speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Direct Supervision”- On-site, in-view observation and guidance by a speech-language pathologist while an assigned clinical activity is performed by a speech language pathology assistant or speech-language pathology aide.

“Indirect Supervision”- Those activities other than direct observation and guidance conducted by a speech-language pathologist that may include demonstration, record review, review and evaluation of audio or videotaped sessions, and/or interactive television.

“Person” - Any individual, organization, or corporate body, except that only an individual may be licensed in Arkansas.

“Screening”- A pass-fail procedure to identify people who may require further assessment.

“Speech-Language Pathologist” - An individual who practices speech-language pathology by any title or description of services incorporating the words “speech-language pathologist”, “speech therapist”, “speech correctionist”, “speech clinician”, “language pathologist”, “language therapist”, “logopedist”, “communicologist”, “voice therapist”, “voice pathologist”, or any similar title or description of service.

“Speech-Language Pathology” - The application of principles, methods, and procedures for the measurement, testing, evaluation, prediction, counseling, instruction, habilitation, or rehabilitation related to the development and disorders of speech, voice, or language, and dysphagia for the purpose of evaluating, preventing, ameliorating, or modifying such disorders and conditions in individuals and groups of individuals.

“Speech-Language Pathology Support Personnel” - Or any variation, synonym, or coinage of the term means an individual who holds a bachelor's degree in speech language pathology or an individual who meets minimum qualifications established by the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, which are less than those established by this chapter as necessary for licensing as a speech-language pathologist, and who provides services as prescribed, directed, and supervised by a speech-language pathologist licensed in Arkansas.

“Speech-Language Pathology Assistant” - A speech-language pathology assistant (SLP-Assistant) is an individual who, following academic and on-the-job training, performs tasks as prescribed, directed, and supervised by licensed speech-language pathologists.

“Speech-Language Pathology Aide” - A speech-language pathology aide (SLP Aide) is an individual with a high school diploma and on the job training who performs tasks as prescribed, directed, and supervised by licensed speech-language pathologists.

“Supervising Speech-Language Pathologist” - A speech-language pathologist who holds a current Arkansas license and has two (2) years of professional experience as a speech-language pathologist, following successful completion of the clinical fellowship experience may be approved by ABESPA as a supervising speech-language pathologist.

“Telepractice” - Telespeech, teleaudiology, teleSLP, telehealth, or telerehabilitation when used separately or together.

“Telepractice service” - The application of telecommunication technology equivalent in quality to services delivered face-to-face to deliver speech-language pathology or audiology services, or both, at a distance for assessment, intervention or consultation, or both.


Ark. Code § 17-100-103

Ark. Code R. 117.00.14-13.8

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