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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

Program Contact Information

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