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Massachusetts Speech Therapy Scope of Practice

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

''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.

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

The application of principles, methods, and procedures for the measurement, testing, identification, appraisal, prediction, consultation, counseling, instruction and research related to the development and disorders of speech, voice, language, or swallowing for the purpose of diagnosing, designing and implementing programs for the amelioration of such disorders and conditions.

The performance of nondiagnostic audiological screening, either for purposes of performing a speech and language evaluation or for the initial identification of individuals with other communication disorders.

The provision of aural habilitation/rehabilitation services, for which the speech-language pathologist has been properly trained, to persons with hearing loss.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?



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