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Florida SLP Scope of Practice

How is the practice of speech language pathology defined in Florida?

“Practice of speech-language pathology” means the application of principles, methods, and procedures for the prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, consultation, habilitation, rehabilitation, instruction, and research, relative to the development and disorders of human communication; to related oral and pharyngeal competencies; and to behavior related to disorders of human communication.

“Disorders” are defined to include any and all conditions, whether of organic or nonorganic origin, that impede the normal process of human communication, including, but not limited to, disorders and related disorders of speech, phonology, articulation, fluency, voice, accent, verbal and written language and related nonoral/nonverbal forms of language, cognitive communication, auditory and visual processing, memory and comprehension, interactive communication, mastication, deglutition, and other oral, pharyngeal, and laryngeal sensorimotor competencies.

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

Any speech-language pathologist who is licensed in Florida may:

    • Offer, render, plan, direct, conduct, and supervise services to individuals or groups of individuals who have or are suspected of having disorders of human communication, including identification, evaluation, treatment, consultation, habilitation, rehabilitation, amelioration, instruction, and research.
    • Determine the need for personal alternatives or augmentative systems and recommend and train for the utilization of such systems.
    • Perform a hearing screening, limited to a pass/fail determination, for the purpose of initial identification of communication disorders.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?



Fla. Stat. § 468.1125

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