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Indiana SLP Scope of Practice 

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

As used in this article, "speech-language pathology" means the application of nonmedical and nonsurgical principles, methods, and procedures for the following:

    • The prevention, evaluation, habilitation, rehabilitation, instruction, and research of communication and swallowing disorders.
    • The elective modification of communication behaviors.
    • The enhancement of communication, including the use of augmentative or alternate communication strategies.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?

A speech-language pathologist shall perform instrumental procedures using rigid or flexible endoscopes only under the authorization and general supervision of a licensed physician.

Swallowing Management

A speech-language pathologist may assess and manage the pharyngoesophageal phase of swallowing, including instrumental evaluations, only if the speech-language pathologist has demonstrated competencies specific to the evaluation and management of pharyngoesophageal swallowing disorders through the successful passage of a written test.


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