Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools (2010)

Practice Policy

This professional issues statement and accompanying position statement replaces the 2000 ASHA document Guidelines for the Roles and Responsibilities of the School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist.


This PDF presentation highlights the rationale, development and components of the ASHA practice policy documents Roles and Responsibilities of Speech Language Pathologists in Schools Professional Issues Statement and Position Statement. This presentation may be helpful to share with colleagues and administrators to explain the vast and ever-changing role of SLPs in schools.

Tools for Implementation

Do's and Don'ts for the Role of the SLP in Schools [PDF]
These examples follow the framework of the Roles and Responsibilities document and highlight best practice as well as what not to do.

This one page summary [PDF] highlights the key points of the professional issues and position statements on the roles of SLPs in schools. This resource is a companion piece to the PDF presentation.

This Reflection Tool [PDF] can be used as a self-evaluation to determine areas of strengths and topics needing work regarding the role of SLPs in schools. It can be used as a guide for professional development or discussion for change in schools or at the state level.

Find your ASHA State Education Advocacy Leaders (SEALs) (a State-Based Advocacy Network) and SEALs Regional Champions who work with school-based audiologists and SLPs to promote the valuable contributions you make in the schools!

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