American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Speech-Language Pathology Exam (5331) Content

Content Categories / Approximate Number of Questions / Approximate Percentage of Examination
Foundations and Professional Practice / 44 / 33⅓%
Screening, Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis / 44 / 33⅓%
Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Treatment / 44 / 33⅓%

Topics Covered

The following list represents the topics covered on the Praxis Speech-Language Pathology exam that will be administered beginning September 1, 2014. These topics are consistent with standards for clinical certification set by ASHA.

Foundations and Professional Practice

  • Foundations
    • Typical development and performance across the lifespan
    • Factors that influence communication, feeding, and swallowing
    • Epidemiology and characteristics of common communication and swallowing disorders
  • Professional Practice
    • Wellness and prevention
    • Culturally and linguistically appropriate service delivery
    • Counseling, collaboration, and teaming
    • Documentation
    • Ethics
    • Legislation and client advocacy
    • Research methodology and evidence-based practice

Screening, Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis

  • Screening
    • Communication disorders
    • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Approached to Assessment and Evaluation
    • Developing case histories
    • Selecting appropriate assessment instruments, procedures, and materials
    • Assessing factors that influence communication and swallowing disorders
    • Assessment of anatomy and physiology
    • Referrals
  • Assessment Procedures and Assessment
    • Speech sound production
    • Fluency
    • Voice, resonance, and motor speech
    • Receptive and expressive language
    • Social aspects of communication, including pragmatics
    • Cognitive aspects of communication
    • Augmentative and alternative communication
    • Hearing
    • Feeding and swallowing
  • Etiology
    • Genetic
    • Developmental
    • Disease processes
    • Auditory problems
    • Neurological
    • Structural and functional
    • Psychogenic

Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Treatment

  • Treatment Planning
    • Evaluating factors that can affect treatment
    • Initiating and prioritizing treatment and developing goals
    • Determining appropriate treatment details
    • Generating a prognosis
    • Communicating recommendations
    • General treatment principles and procedures
  • Treatment Evaluation
    • Establishing methods for monitoring treatment progress and outcomes to evaluate assessment and/or treatment plans
    • Follow-up on post-treatment referrals and recommendations
  • Treatment
    • Speech sound production
    • Fluency
    • Voice, resonance, and motor speech
    • Receptive and expressive language
    • Social aspects of communication, including pragmatics
    • Communication impairments related to cognition
    • Treatment involving augmentative and alternative communication
    • Hearing and aural rehabilitation
    • Swallowing and feeding

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