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South Carolina SLP Scope of Practice

How is the practice of speech language pathology defined in South Carolina?

 "Speech-language pathology" or "speech-language pathology service" means screening, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, rehabilitating, researching, and preventing disorders of speech, language, voice, oral-pharyngeal function, and cognitive/communication skills. 

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

Speech-language pathology includes:

    • Developing and dispensing augmentative and alternative communication systems and providing training in their use;
    • Providing aural rehabilitation and counseling services to hearing impaired individuals and their families;
    • Enhancing speech-language proficiency and communication effectiveness;
    • Screening of hearing, limited to a pass-fail determination;
    • Screening of other skills for the purpose of speech-language evaluation; and
    • Identifying individuals with other communication disorders.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?



S.C. Code Ann. ยง 40-67-20

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