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Utah Speech Therapy Definitions 

The Utah speech-language pathology legal and regulatory definitions. 

“ASHA” - The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

“Association” - The Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

“Board” - The Utah Speech-language Pathology and Audiology Licensing Board.

“CCC” - The certificate of clinical competence awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

“CFY” - The clinical fellowship year prescribed by ASHA.

“Disorder” - The condition of decreased, absent, or impaired auditory, speech, voice, or language function.

“Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist” - Any individual licensed in Utah, Audiology and Speech-language Pathology Interstate Compact, if the license is in force and has not been suspended or revoked.

“Person” - Any individual, group, organization, partnership, or corporate body, except that only an individual may be licensed under this chapter.

“Practice of Speech-Language Pathology” - Rendering, prescribing, or offering to render to individuals, groups, agencies, organizations, industries or the public any service in speech-language pathology.

“Prescribe” - To:

    • Determine, specify, and give the directions, procedures, or rules for a person to follow in determining and ordering the preparation, delivery, and use of specific mechanical, acoustic, or electronic aids to hearing or speech; and
    • Determine or designate a remedy for a person.

“Prescription” - A written or oral order for the delivery or execution of that which has been prescribed.

“Professional Training” - Continuing professional education that meets the standards set forth in Section R156-41-304.

“Speech-Language Pathologist”:

    • A person who practices speech-language pathology or who holds himself out to the public by any means, or by any service or function the person performs, directly or indirectly, or by using the terms "speech-language pathologist," "speech-language therapist," "language disability specialist," or any variation, derivation, synonym, coinage, or whatever expresses, employs, or implies these terms, names, or functions; or
    • A person who performs any of the functions or any related functions.

“Speech-Language Pathology” - The application of principles, methods, and procedures for the examination, measurement, prevention, testing, identification, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, instruction, modification, prescription, restoration, counseling, habilitation, prediction, management, and research related to the development and the disorders or disabilities of human communication, speech, voice, language, cognitive communication, or oral, pharyngeal, or laryngeal sensorimotor competencies, for the purpose of identifying, evaluating, diagnosing, prescribing, preventing, managing, correcting, ameliorating, or modifying those disorders and their effects in individuals or groups of individuals.

“Speech-Language Pathology Aide” - An individual who:

    • Meets the minimum qualifications established by the board for speech-language pathology aides. Those qualifications shall be substantial but less than those established by this chapter for licensing a speech-language pathologist;
    • Does not act independently; and
    • Works under the personal direction and direct supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist who accepts the responsibility for the acts and performances of that speech-language pathology aide.

“Substitute Supervisor” - A licensee who is designated by the supervisor to provide limited supervision to an aide. The substitute supervisor shall be licensed in the same discipline in which the aide is functioning.

“Supervision” - A supervisor-supervisee relationship requiring the supervisor to be responsible for the professional performance by the supervisee. This includes a substitute supervisor-supervisee relationship.

“Treatment” - The services of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist to examine, diagnose, correct, or ameliorate speech or hearing disorders, abnormalities, behavior, or their effects.

“Unprofessional Conduct” - Includes:

    • Failing to maintain a level of professional practice consistent with all initial and subsequent requirements by which a license is achieved or maintained under this chapter;
    • Utilizing substandard or inappropriate facilities or equipment;
    • Treating any disorder for which the licensee has not had the necessary training and experience; or
    • Failing to comply with the requirements of Section 58-41-17.


Utah Code ยง 58-41-2

Utah Admin. Code r. 156-41-102

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