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Scope of Service

Following is a delineation of SLPA Scope of Service in Illinois organized by function. Please refer to the IDFPR web site to view the Illinois Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act.

Therapy
SLPAs may:

  • Follow a documented treatment plan outlined by an SLP
     

SLPAs may NOT:

  • Write, develop, or modify a treatment plan in any way


Evaluation and Screening

SLPAs may:

  • Complete speech and language screenings without interpretation
  • Assist SLP during diagnostic testing
     

SLPAs may NOT:

  • Interpret screening results
  • Perform diagnostic testing


Swallowing
SLPAs may NOT:

  • Complete feeding or swallowing screenings
  • Perform diagnostic services related to feeding and swallowing
  • Utilize a check list or tabulate results of a feeding or swallowing evaluation
  • Demonstrate swallowing strategies or precautions patient, family, or staff
     

Documentation
SLPAs may:

  • Document progress toward goals in established therapy plan
  • Assist with informal documentation
     

SLPAs may NOT:

  • Write, develop, or modify the therapy plan in any way
  • Sign any formal document
     

Determination of Need for Services
SLPAs may NOT:

  • Select clients for service
  • Discharge clients from service
  • Make referrals for additional service
     

Counseling and Conferencing
SLPAs may NOT:

  • Counsel the client or family
  • Consult with client, family, or others regarding status or services
  • Disclose information (verbal or written) to anyone not designated by SLP
  • Participate in any conferencing activity without the presence of an SLP
     

Clerical/Miscellaneous
SLPAs may:

  • Perform clerical duties
  • Assist with departmental operations
  • Perform equipment maintenance checks
  • Provide support in research projects, inservicing, and PR programs
  • Collect data for quality improvement
     

Ethics
SLPAs must:

  • Exhibit compliance with scope of service
  • Exhibit compliance with regulations and reimbursement requirements
     

SLPAs may NOT:

  • Represent himself/herself as an SLP
     

Workplace Behaviors
SLPAs must:

  • Relate to clients/patients in a supportive manner
  • Follow supervisor’s instructions
  • Maintain confidentiality and other appropriate behaviors
  • Communicate in oral and written forms
  • Follow health and safety precautions


Contact Information


If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
                   and/or
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.