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Nebraska SLP Definitions 

The Nebraska speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Approved Academic Program”- An educational program that has been accredited by the Council Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) or a nationally recognized equivalent accreditation association approved by the Board.

“Board” - The Nebraska Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

“Dysphagia” - Disorders of swallowing.

“Licensure Examination”- The Praxis Series Specialty Tests in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology approved by the Department upon the recommendation of the Board.

“Nationwide Professional Accrediting Organization” - The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or equivalent as recommended by the Board and approved by the Department.

“Practice of Speech-Language Pathology” - The application of principles and methods associated with the development and disorders of human communication skills and with dysphagia, which principles and methods include screening, assessment, evaluation, treatment, prevention, consultation, and restorative modalities for speech, voice, language, language-based learning, hearing, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions for the purpose of improving quality of life by reducing impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers. Practice of speech-language pathology does not include the practice of medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or surgery.

“Professional Experience”- Meeting the core standards of a clinical fellowship as defined by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association or equivalent agency recommended by the Board and approved by the Department. Experience must be at least 36 weeks of full-time professional experience of 35 clock hours per week or 72 weeks of at least half-time professional experience with 15 to 19 hours per week in speech-language pathology or audiology supervised in the area in which licensure is sought.

“Speech-Language Pathologist” - An individual who presents himself or herself to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the words speech-language pathologist, speech therapist, speech correctionist, speech clinician, language pathologist, language therapist, language clinician, logopedist, communicologist, aphasiologist, aphasia therapist, voice pathologist, voice therapist, voice clinician, phoniatrist, or any similar title, term, or description of services.


Neb. Rev. Stat. § 38-503 - 09

172 NAC 23.002

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