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Kentucky SLP Scope of Practice

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

"The practice of speech pathology" means 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.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?

Minor Training

Licensed speech-language pathologists shall restrict their practice in audiology to the performance and supervision of pure tone air conduction screening, otoacoustic emissions screening, screening tympanometry, and acoustic reflex screening either for the purpose of performing a speech evaluation, a language evaluation, or for initial identification of individuals with other communicative disorders.

Judgments and descriptive statements about the results of these procedures shall be limited to whether the individual passed or failed the screening procedure. The criteria for failure of audiometric screening should be developed in consultation with a licensed audiologist. Licensed speech-language pathologists may provide aural habilitative and rehabilitative services.


Ky. Rev. Stat. ยง 334A.020

201 KAR 17:100

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