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Massachusetts Speech Therapy Definitions 

The Massachusetts speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Aide”- A person who performs non-treatment activities for a Speech-language Pathologist, Audiologist, or for a Speech-language Pathology Assistant or Audiology Assistant.

“ASHA”- The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

“ASHA Code of Ethics”- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2016, Code of Ethics, available from http://www.asha.org/policy, [Ethics], adopted by the Board for practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist.

“Board”- Board shall refer to the Board of Registration for Speech-language Pathology and Audiology of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“Board Recognized Entity”- ASHA, Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology or such other entities as the Board may approve.

“Client”- Anyone to whom a licensee is providing services, including but not limited to a patient or student.

“Continuing Education Activities” - Continuing education activities consist of:

    • Continuing Education Program. A formal learning program with specific learning objectives relevant to the science or practice of Speech-language Pathology or Audiology that is approved by a Board Recognized Entity;
    • Continuing Education Academic Course. A graduate level course relevant to the science or practice of Speech-language Pathology or Audiology offered by an accredited university or institution of higher education; and
    • Continuing Education Publication. A published book, a chapter of a published book, and/or an article in a refereed journal or published by a Board Recognized Entity, where the book, chapter or article is relevant to the science or practice of Speech-language Pathology or Audiology and is authored in whole or in part by the licensee and submitted as part of a Continuing Education requirement.

“Continuing Education Hour”- The unit of measurement for a Continuing Education Activity lasting 60 consecutive minutes. Continuing Education Unit (CEU). A CEU is the ASHA standard for continuing education as established by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. 0.1 CEU is equivalent to one Continuing Education Hour.

“Direct Supervision”- Direct supervision means on-site and in-view observation and guidance of an assistant who is performing an assigned activity during patient/client contact time. The supervisor will review data for all patients/clients seen by the assistant.

“Division”- The Division of Professional Licensure.

“Indirect Supervision”- Indirect Supervision means the oversight, other than direct observation, of activities performed by an assistant in order to provide guidance. Such indirect supervision may include demonstration; record review; review and evaluation of recorded sessions; and supervisory conferences that may be conducted by telephone. The supervisor shall review data for all patients/clients seen by the assistant.

“License”- The authority to practice as a Speech-language Pathologist or Audiologist through licensure by the Board, or the authority to practice as a Speech-language Pathology Assistant or Audiology Assistant through certification by the Board.

“Licensee”- Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists licensed by the Board and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants and Audiology Assistants certified by the Board except where specified.

“Plan of Care (Treatment Plan)” - This terminology includes, but is not limited to, the “Plan of Care”, “Individualized Education Program (IEP)”, or “Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)”, and other titles that outline the care of the patient/client.

“Screening” - A pass-fail procedure to identify people who may require further assessment. Speech-language Pathologist. Any person who is duly licensed as a speech-language pathologist by the Board and who engages in the practice of speech-language Pathology.

“Speech-Language Pathologist” - Any person who is duly licensed as a speech-language pathologist in Massachusetts and who engages in the practice of speech-language pathology.

“Speech-Language Pathology” - The application of principles, methods and procedures of measurement, prediction, evaluation, testing, counseling, consultation and remediation related to the development and disorders of speech and language. Any representation to the public by title or by description of services, methods or procedures for the evaluation, examination, counseling or remediation of persons suffering or suspected of suffering from conditions or disorders affecting speech and language shall be considered to be the practice of speech-language pathology.

“Speech-Language Pathology Assistant” - A person duly certified by the Board who assists in the practice of speech-language pathology and who works under the supervision and direction of a duly licensed speech-language pathologist.

Reference

Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 112 ยง138

260 CMR 1.01


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