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.

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

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

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

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

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
    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 (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

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