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Colorado Speech Therapy Definitions 

The Colorado speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions. 

“School Speech-Language Pathologist” - A person licensed by the department of education to provide speech-language pathology services that are paid for by an administrative unit or a state-operated program.

“School Speech-Language Pathology Assistant” - A school speech- language pathology assistant authorized by the department of education to provide speech-language pathology services that are paid for by an administrative unit or a state-operated program.

“Speech-Language Pathologist” A person certified to practice speech-language pathology in Colorado.

“Speech-Language Pathology” - The application of principles, methods, and procedures related to the development, disorders, and effectiveness of human communication and related functions, which includes providing prevention, screening, consultation, assessment or evaluation, treatment, intervention, management, counseling, collaboration, and referral services for disorders of:

    • Speech, such as speech sound production, fluency, resonance, and voice;
    • Language, such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatic and social communication skills, and literacy skills;
    • Feeding and swallowing; and
    • Cognitive aspects of communication, such as attention, memory, executive functioning, and problem solving.


Colo. Rev. Stat. §12-305-104

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