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New Hampshire Speech Therapy Definitions 

The New Hampshire speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Active in the Profession”:

  • Having been professionally engaged, on a paid or unpaid basis at least 432 hours in another jurisdiction during the 36 months immediately prior to submitting an application for licensure in New Hampshire; and
  • Having been so engaged in any one or more of the following capacities:
    • Delivering speech-language pathology services directly to clients, including doing so during the post-graduate professional experience;
    • As an educator in speech-language;
    • As an administrator in speech-language, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation services or special education;
    • Contributing expertise in speech-language to a speech-language pathology board or committee; and
    • As a speech-language pathology consultant.

“American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)” - The national professional organization of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

“Board” - The New Hampshire Governing Board of Speech-Language Pathologists.

“Board of Directors” - The chairpersons or their appointees of all the governing boards which shall be responsible for the administrative operation of the office of licensed allied health professionals.

“Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)” - The professional credential issued by the Council for Clinical Certification of ASHA on the basis of successful completion of specified academic requirements, specified practicum requirements, an examination and specified post-graduate professional experience.

“Continuing Professional Education and Professional Activity” - The continuing professional education and professional activity, provided that such professional education and activity are beyond entry-level professional preparation and are designed to provide advanced or enhanced knowledge in the field of speech-language pathology.

“Direct Supervision”- In-view observation and guidance by an SLP while an assigned activity is performed by an individual being supervised, provided in person or via real time telecommunication technology, and includes but is not limited to:

    • Observation of a portion of the screening or treatment procedures performed by the speech-language assistant;
    • Coaching the supervisee; and
    • Modeling for the supervisee.

“Indirect Supervision” -Supervision where the supervisor is not required to be in the same facility or in close proximity to the individual being supervised, but is available to provide supervision by electronic means, including but not limited to:

    • Demonstration;
    • Record review;
    • Review and evaluation of audio or videotaped sessions; and
    • Interactive television and supervisory conferences conducted by telephone, e-mail, or live webcam.

“Maintenance of Continuing Competence” - Engaging in continuing professional education or continuing professional activity to develop and maintain for the purpose of performing professional responsibilities the following abilities:

    • Knowledge;
    • Performance skills;
    • Interpersonal abilities;
    • Critical reasoning; and
    • Ethical reasoning.

“National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology” - The speech-language pathology examination that is part of the Praxis series administered by the Educational Testing Service located in Princeton, New Jersey.

“Practice of Speech-Language Pathology” - Includes:

    • Screening, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, rehabilitating, and preventing disorders of speech and language.
    • Screening, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, and rehabilitating disorders of oral-pharyngeal function and related disorders.
    • Screening, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, and rehabilitating cognitive communication disorders.
    • Assessing, selecting, and developing augmentative and alternative communication systems and providing training in their use.
    • Providing aural rehabilitation and related counseling services to deaf or hard of hearing individuals and their families.
    • Enhancing speech-language proficiency and communication effectiveness.
    • Screening of hearing and other factors for the purpose of speech-language evaluation or the initial identification of individuals with other communication disorders.

“Speech-Language Assistant” - Any person certified by the board who meets minimum qualifications established by the board which are less than those established by this chapter as necessary for licensing as a speech-language pathologist, and who does not act independently but works under the direction and supervision of a speech-language pathologist licensed under this chapter.

“Speech-Language Pathologist” - Any person who renders or offers to render to the public any service involving the application of principles, methods, and procedures for the measurement of testing, identification, appraisal, consultation, counseling, instruction and research related to the development and disorders of speech, voice, or language for the purpose of diagnosing, designing, and implementing programs for the amelioration of such disorders and conditions.

“Speech-Language Pathology” - The application of principles, methods, and procedures related to the development and disorders of human communication, which disorders shall include any and all conditions whether of organic or nonorganic origin, that impede the normal process of human communication including, but not limited to, disorders and related disorders of speech, articulation, fluency, voice, verbal and written language, auditory comprehension, cognition, communication, swallowing, and oral, pharyngeal or laryngeal sensorimotor competencies.

“Renewal Year”- Any odd-numbered year which is not the year of initial licensure.

“Sexual Misconduct”- Engaging in one or more of the following activities with respect to a current client who is not a spouse or civil union partner:

    • Engaging in sexual relations, whether consensual or non-consensual;
    • Making verbal or physical sexual advances;
    • Using sexual language or phrases;
    • Requesting sexual favors; or
    • Engaging in physical contact of a sexual nature.

“Teleconference”- A live exchange of information from a remote location linked by a telecommunication system.

“Teleseminar”- A teleconference.

“Video lecture”- A lecture delivered through the use of video technology.

“Video course”- A course delivered through the use of video technology.

“Webinar”- A presentation, lecture, workshop, or seminar that is transmitted over the internet.


N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยง 326-F:1

N.H. Code Admin. R. Spe 102

N.H. Code Admin. R. Spe 301

N.H. Code Admin. R. Spe 401

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