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Georgia Speech Therapy Definitions 

The Georgia speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Accredited Program” - A program leading to the award of a degree in speech-language pathology or audiology that is accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by the United States Department of Education or its successor and adopted by rule or regulation of the board.

“Board” - The Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

“License” Any license issued by the board to practice speech-language pathology or audiology.

“Licensee” - Any person licensed to practice speech-language pathology, audiology, or both, but does not include the holder of a provisional license.

“Person” - A natural person.

“Preceptor” - Any person who is licensed and has the responsibility of supervising or overseeing the training or activities of assistants, students, externs, provisional license holders, and others providing speech-language pathology or audiology services without full licenses.

“Provisional License” - Any temporary license issued by the board pursuant to standards and procedures determined by the board. A provisional license shall not be granted for a total period of time to exceed one year.

“Speech-Language Pathologist” - A person who practices speech-language pathology and who presents himself or herself to the public 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 Aide” - Any person who aids in the providing of those speech-language pathology services authorized by the board, who meets the minimum requirements established by the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and who works directly under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist.

“Student” or “Intern" - A person enrolled in an accredited program for the purpose of meeting the academic requirements for licensure

“The Practice of Speech-Language Pathology” - The application of principles, methods, and procedures for the measurement, testing, evaluation, prediction, consultation, counseling, instruction, intervention, research, habilitation, or rehabilitation related to the development and disorders of speech or language including but not limited to voice, resonance, fluency, cognition, and swallowing for the purpose of evaluating, preventing, ameliorating, modifying, or otherwise treating such disorders and conditions in individuals or groups of individuals.


O.C.G.A. § 43-44-3

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 609-5-.01

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