American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Additional Resources on Qualified Providers

ASHA Documents

Code of Ethics

Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology

Preferred Practice Patterns for the Profession of Speech-Language Pathology
Describes indicators and clinical processes for the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders in infants, toddlers, and school-age children.

Multiskilled Personnel: Position Statement and Technical Report
Includes ASHA's position on cross-training professionals from other disciplines to perform clinical skills.

Quality Indicators for Professional Service Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Provides a guide for the development of policies and procedures that facilitate the provision of quality professional services.

Support Personnel

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Scope of Practice
Guidance for SLPAs and their supervisors regarding ethical considerations related to the SLPA practice parameters.

Frequently Asked Questions about Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
Includes ASHA policy documents and resources about the training and use of SLPAs.

Issues in Ethics Statement: Support Personnel
Addresses issues related to the use of support personnel who may not have training or a background in the field of speech-language pathology.


ASHA policy documents and related resources
Medicaid regulations outline professional qualifications needed to bill for services. Individuals who do not meet the qualification standards can provide services "under the direction of" a qualified SLP. Learn more about this rule and how it impacts SLPs working in schools and early intervention.

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Information for Families and Caregivers
When parents and caregivers know who ASHA-certified SLPs are and what they do, they are better able to advocate with their school or early intervention agencies to have an SLP work with their child. Share resources from ASHA's Public site about speech-language pathologists, speech and language development and disorders, swallowing disorders, and insurance and advocacy.

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