Speech Impairment Eligibility Guidelines
Starting in Fall 2010, all of the Eligibility Guideline trainings will be available for free as recorded webcasts on-line, along with the manuals and training handouts. Two hours of TSHA approved CEU credit per module is available, or training can be taken to refresh or update knowledge.
SLPs can request 2 hours of TSHA continuing education credit for each of these trainings. The cost for TSHA CEU credit is FREE for current TSHA members and $20 for non-members.
Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
The goal of EBP is the integration of: (a) clinical expertise/expert opinion, (b) external scientific evidence, and (c) client/patient/caregiver perspectives to provide high-quality services reflecting the interests, values, needs, and choices of the individuals we serve. Conceptually, the trilateral principles forming the bases for EBP can be represented through a simple figure:
Read more about Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). https://www.asha.org/members/ebp/
Code of Ethics Effective March 1, 2016
Table of Contents
- Principle of Ethics I
- Principle of Ethics II
- Principle of Ethics III
- Principle of Ethics IV
Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
About this Document: This scope of practice document is an official policy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defining the breadth of practice within the profession of speech-language pathology. This document was developed by the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Practice in Speech- Language Pathology. Committee members were Mark DeRuiter (chair), Michael Campbell, Craig Coleman, Charlette Green, Diane Kendall, Judith Montgomery, Bernard Rousseau, Nancy Swigert, Sandra Gillam (board liaison), and Lemmietta McNeilly (ex officio). This document was approved by the ASHA Board of Directors on February 4, 2016 (BOD 01-2016). The BOD approved a revision in the prevention of hearing section of the document on May 9, 2016 (Motion 07-2016).
Scope of Practice
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Scope of Practice
This scope of practice for the speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) was developed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Scope of Practice ad hoc committee. It was approved by ASHA's Board of Directors (January 2013). Members of the committee were DeAnne Wellman Owre (chair), Diane L. Eger, Ashley Northam, Mary Jo Schill, Rosemary Scott, Monica Marruffo, and Lemmietta McNeilly (ex officio). Gail J. Richard, vice president for speech-language pathology practice, served as the monitoring vice president. The composition of the ad hoc committee included ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists with specific knowledge and experience working with support personnel in clinical practice in schools, health care, and/or private practice, as well as two members who have served on the ASHA Board of Ethics (Diane L. Eger and Mary Jo Schill).
The document is intended to provide guidance for SLPAs and their supervisors regarding ethical considerations related to the SLPA practice parameters. The document addresses how SLPAs should be utilized and what specific responsibilities are within and outside their roles of clinical practice. Given that standards, licensure, and practice issues vary from state to state, this document delineates ASHA's policy for the use of SLPAs.
NIDCD Health Information: Voice, Speech and Language -www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/ National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders "provides health information about human communication and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. Fact sheets, brochures, reports, directories, database searches, and other resources are available for the public and health professionals. Publications are available online and through online ordering. In addition, NIDCD established a national resource center, the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse, to help health professionals, patients, people in industry, and the public locate health information about human communication disorders."
Kidsource General Information about Speech and Language Disorders -www.kidsource.com/NICHCY/speech.html from the NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities)
Speech Disorders: Causes, Treatments and Therapies - www.speechdisorder.co.uk/ "SpeechDisorder was formed to offer a unique reference point on speech disorders: causes, treatments and therapies. The site explores the numerous types of speech disorders and the techniques used by speech therapists to help cure them. Their concern was that there was no single UK resource for interesting features and practical advice on this subject. Their features and articles are written by professional journalists and experts - who have a particular interest, or a background in this area."
LD OnLine Speech & Language Milestone Chart - www.ldonline.org/article/6313 From the LDOnline, the interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children.
Speech Therapy Activities - www.speechtx.com/ "Speech-Language Pathologists are continually looking for new activities. This site has a variety of printable activities and ideas for different ages, all FREE! Help yourself and share with your colleagues. Parents are also encouraged to enjoy the activities." On J. Mitchell's site you'll find easy to use articulation cards and pictures to help improve your speech, language references and book reviews, information on Phonological Awareness and Phonemic Awareness, ideas and information to help integrate technology into the profession of speech and language therapy, and archives of the monthly newsletter.
Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning - http://pics.tech4learning.com/ "Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection."
FIRSTWORDS Project - http://firstwords.fsu.edu/ "A model early identification and intervention program based in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University." This site contains a variety of PDF files which will interest SLP's whose practice involves early intervention, particularly with students with Autism. Includes a video glossary for Autism.
Speech for Kids - http://speechforkids.com/ "Whether you're a parent looking for answers about your child's speech problems or a professional looking for online resources for speech therapy lessons, speech for kids is an excellent resource."
Stuttering Foundation of America - www.stutteringhelp.org/ "The Stuttering Foundation provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. We are the largest - and the first - nonprofit charitable organization in the world working towards the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, reaching over a million people annually. We run extensive educational programs on stuttering for professionals."
Phonology Course & Research Materials - http://faculty.etsu.edu/WILLIAML/ A. Lynn Williams, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University, has made available her phonology projects and classes. These include Multiple Oppositions, Maximal Oppositions, Minimal Pairs, Late Talkers, and Developmental Apraxia of Speech (DAS).
Caroline Bowen PhD: Speech-Language Pathology Home Page - http://speech-language-therapy.com/ A well organized and content-rich site from "down under" with information about the assessment and management of voice, speech and language difficulties in children. This includes topics such as developmental phonological disorders, dyspraxia, specific language impairment (SLI) and related disorders.
Official DIBELS Home Page - https://dibels.uoregon.edu/ "The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills. The DIBELS measures were specifically designed to assess 3 of the 5 Big Ideas of early literacy: Phonological Awareness, Alphabetic Principle, and Fluency with Connected Text. The measures are linked to one another, both psychometrically and theoretically, and have been found to be predictive of later reading proficiency."
The Apraxia-Kids Web Site - www.apraxia-kids.org/ - This site provides the internet's most comprehensive and reliable information related to all aspects of this challenging speech disorder in children. The website and programs of CASANA are overseen by top experts in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Articles include information about diagnosis, assessment, treatment,and research. Additionally, apraxia related conferences, workshops, and support groups are listed.
Listen Up Web - www.listen-up.org/ "Your one stop place for information, answers, help, ideas, resources, and anything else related to hearing-impaired children."
International Phonetic Association - http://www2.arts.gla.ac.uk/IPA/ipa.html "The aim of the IPA is to promote the scientific study of phonetics and the various practical applications of that science. In furtherance of this aim, the IPA provides the academic community world-wide with a notational standard for the phonetic representation of all languages - the International Phonetic Alphabet (also IPA)."
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) Omniglot - A Guide to Written Language -http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ipa.htm "This site contains details of most alphabets and other writing systems currently in use, as well as quite a few ancient and invented ones. It also includes information about some of the languages written with those writing systems, multilingual texts, tips on learning languages, a book store, some useful phrases in many different languages, and an ever-growing collection of links to language-related resources."
SIL Encore IPA Fonts - http://www.sil.org/computing/fonts/encore-ipa.html "The SIL Encore IPA Fonts are a set of scalable IPA fonts containing the full International Phonetic Alphabet."
Henry Rogers - Fonts - http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~rogers/fonts.html IPA fonts in PostScript for MAC and in TrueType for both MAC and Windows.
Legal Framework - http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx The Legal Framework is a template in an electronic format that summarizes Texas state and federal requirements for special education by topic.