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Delaware Speech Therapy Definitions 

The Delaware speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Board” - The Delaware State Board of Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers established in this chapter.

“Division” - The Delaware Division of Professional Regulation.

“Excessive Use or Abuse of Drugs” - Any use of narcotics, controlled substances or illegal drugs without a prescription from a licensed physician, or the abuse of alcoholic beverage such that it impairs an individual’s ability to perform the work of a speech/language pathologist, audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.

“Person” - A corporation, company, association or partnership, as well as an individual. Licenses shall be issued only to individuals.

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

“Speech/Language Pathologist” - A person who is licensed to practice speech/language pathology pursuant to this act and who offers such services to the public under any title or description of services incorporating the words “speech/language pathologist,” “speech pathologist,” “language pathologist,” “speech and/or language therapist,” “speech and/or language correctionist,” “speech and/or language clinician,” “voice therapist,” “communicologist,” “aphasiologist” or any other similar title or description of service.

“Speech Pathology Aide” - A person, who meets minimum qualifications that the Board may establish, which permit such an aide to assist speech/language pathologists in their professional endeavors, but only while under the direct supervision of a licensed speech/language pathologist.

“State” - The State of Delaware.

“Substantially Related” - The nature of the criminal conduct, for which the person was convicted, has a direct bearing on the fitness or ability to perform one or more of the duties or responsibilities necessarily related to the practice of speech/language pathology, audiology and/or the dispensing of hearing aids.


Del. Code tit. 24 ยง3702

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