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Kentucky Speech Therapy Definitions
The Kentucky speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions.
“Assisting in the Practice of Speech Pathology” - The provision of certain specific components of a speech or language service program provided by a speech language pathology assistant under the supervision and direction of an appropriately qualified supervisor.
“Board” - The Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
“Continuing Professional Education”- Speech-language pathology and audiology consists of planned learning experiences beyond a basic educational program leading to a degree. These experiences are designed to promote knowledge, skills, and attitudes of speech-language pathology and audiology practitioners to enable them to provide professional services in their areas of training that are based on current research and best practices.
“Interim License”- A license issued by the board pursuant to KRS 334A.035 to a person for the purpose of completing the supervised postgraduate professional experience required under that section prior to an application for licensure as a speech-language pathologist or a speech-language pathology assistant.
“Person” - Any individual, organization, or corporate body, except that only individuals can be licensed.
“Speech-Language Pathologist” - One who practices speech-language pathology. A speech-language pathologist may describe himself to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the words "speech-language pathologist," "speech-language pathology," "speech-language therapy," "speechlanguage correction," "speech-language correctionist," "speech-language therapist," "speech clinic," "speech clinician," "speech pathologist," "language pathologist," "language pathology," "language therapist," "logopedics," "logopedist," "communicology," "communicologist," "aphasiologist," "voice therapy," "voice therapist," "voice pathology," "voice pathologist," "phoniatrist," "communication disorders," or "verbal therapist".
“Practice of Speech Pathology” - The application of principles, methods, and procedures for the measurement, testing, audiometric screening, identification, appraisal, determination of prognosis, evaluation, consultation, remediation, counseling, instruction, and research related to the development and disorders of speech, voice, verbal and written language, cognition/communication, or oral and pharyngeal sensori-motor competencies for the purpose of designing and implementing programs for the amelioration of these disorders and conditions.
“Speech-Language Pathology Assistant” - One who assists in the practice of speech-language pathology only under the supervision and direction of an appropriately qualified supervisor and only within the public school system in the Commonwealth. Any speech pathology services provided without appropriate supervision or outside the public school system shall be deemed to be the unlicensed practice of speech pathology and shall subject the offending party to penalties.
“Supervisor” - A person who holds a Kentucky license as a speech-language pathologist or who holds Education Professional Standards Board master's level certification as a teacher of exceptional children in the areas of speech and communication disorders as established by administrative regulation.
“Temporary License” - A license that may be issued by the board administrator pursuant to KRS 334A.183 to any applicant who has met all the requirements for permanent licensure in accordance with that section.
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 334A.020
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