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Illinois SLP Scope of Practice

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

"The practice of speech-language pathology" is the application of nonmedical methods and procedures for the identification, measurement, testing, appraisal, prediction, habilitation, rehabilitation, and modification related to communication development, and disorders or disabilities of speech, language, voice, swallowing, and other speech, language and voice related disorders. These procedures are for the purpose of counseling, consulting and rendering or offering to render services, or for participating in the planning, directing or conducting of programs that are designed to modify communicative disorders and conditions in individuals or groups of individuals involving speech, language, voice and swallowing function.

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

"The practice of speech-language pathology" shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

    • Hearing screening tests and aural rehabilitation procedures consistent with speech-language pathology training;
    • Tasks, procedures, acts or practices that are necessary for the evaluation of, and training in the use of, augmentative communication systems, communication variation, cognitive rehabilitation, non-spoken language production and comprehension;
    • The use of rigid or flexible laryngoscopes for the sole purpose of observing and obtaining images of the pharynx and larynx; and
    • Performing basic health screenings.

Basic Health Screenings

A speech-language pathologist or an audiologist may perform basic health screenings and create the resulting plans of care if:

    • The elements of the plan of care are within the scope of practice of a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist and
    • The speech-language pathologist or audiologist is trained in the performance of basic health screenings as set forth by rule from one of the following:
      • As part of the curriculum of an approved program,
      • Through worksite training, or
      • Through continuing education. A plan of care that includes elements that are outside the scope of practice of a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist must be referred to appropriate medical personnel for further evaluation or management.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

N/A

Evaluation and Management Related to SLP

Evaluation under speech-language pathology means the application of nonmedical methods and procedures for the identification, measurement, testing and appraisal of communication development, disorders or disabilities of speech, language, voice, swallowing and other speech, language and voice related disorders.

Management under speech-language pathology means habilitation, rehabilitation, counseling, consulting, directing or conducting programs that are designed to modify disorders related to communication development, and disorders or disabilities of speech, language, voice or swallowing.  This may also include training in the use of augmentative communication systems, communication variation, cognitive rehabilitation, non-spoken language production, comprehension, performance of hearing screening test consistent with speech-language pathology training, and basic health screenings.

Are there any special trainings or requirements?

Use of Rigid and Flexible Laryngoscopes.

Reference

225 ILCS 110/3

225 ILCS 110/8.3

Ill. Admin. Code ยง1465.36

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