American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

About ASHA Practice Policy

ASHA's Practice Policy Documents, along with other cardinal documents of the Association, are written for and by ASHA members and approved by our governance to promulgate best practices and standards in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. The document types include

  • Preferred Practice Patterns—the informational base for providing quality patient/client care and a focus for professional preparation, continuing education, and research
  • Scope of Practice—an outline of the parameters of each of the professions
  • Guidelines—current best practice procedures based on available evidence
  • Position Statements—public statements of ASHA's official stand on various issues
  • Knowledge & Skills—the knowledge and set of skills required for a particular area of practice
  • Technical Reports—supporting documentation and research for an ASHA Position Statement
  • Relevant Papers—supporting and related professional documents
  • Standards/Quality Indicators—documents related to certification, accreditation, and professional standards
  • Ethics—includes the Code of Ethics (by which all members and certificate holders are bound) and supporting documents
  • Bylaws—the bylaws of ASHA, the ASHFoundation, and the ASHA PAC

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