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Texas SLP Scope of Practice

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

The application of nonmedical principles, methods, and procedures for measurement, testing, evaluation, prediction, counseling, habilitation, rehabilitation, or instruction related to the development and disorders of communication, including speech, voice, language, oral pharyngeal function, or cognitive processes, for the purpose of evaluating, preventing, or modifying or offering to evaluate, prevent, or modify those disorders and conditions in an individual or a group.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

N/A

Are there any special trainings or requirements?

Communication screening should include cursory assessments of language and speech to determine if further testing is indicated. Formal instruments and informal observations may be used for the assessment. If the screening is not passed, a detailed evaluation is indicated.

    • The aspects of language to be screened may include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.
    • The aspects of speech to be screened may include articulation or speech sound production, voice (including phonation and resonation), and fluency.

Language and speech screening should be conducted in the client's dominant language and primary mode of communication.

Reference

16 Tex. Admin. Code §111.2

16 Tex. Admin. Code §111.90

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