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Rule 20:79:04:01 Responsibilities within the scope for speech-language pathology assistants.

          20:79:04:01.  Responsibilities within the scope for speech-language pathology assistants. A speech-language pathology assistant may perform the following duties under direct supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist:


          (1)  Administer speech, language, and hearing screenings without clinical interpretation;


          (2)  Assist with informal documentation such as notes for supervising speech-language pathologist to use, prepare materials, and assist with other duties as directed by the supervising speech-language pathologist;


          (3)  Follow documented treatment plans or protocols developed by the supervising speech-language pathologist;


          (4)  Document client performance through tallying data for the SLP to use, preparing charts, records, and graphs and report this information to the supervising speech-language pathologist;


          (5)  Perform simple checks and maintenance on equipment;


          (6)  Assist the supervising speech-language pathologist during assessment of clients; excluding administration and interpretation;


          (7)  Support the supervising speech-language pathologist in research projects, in-service training, and public relations programs;


          (8)  Assist with scheduling, record keeping, and safety and maintenance of supplies and equipment;


          (9)  Exhibit compliance with regulations, confidentiality policies, reimbursement requirements, and speech-language pathology assistant's job responsibilities as assigned by the supervising speech-language pathologist;


          (10)  Program and provide instruction in the use of augmentative and alternative communication devices;


          (11)  Demonstrate or share information with patient's families and staff regarding established feeding strategies, without bolus as developed and directed by the speech-language pathologist; and


          (12)  Provide guidance and treatment via telepractice to students, patients, and clients who are selected by the supervising speech-language pathologist as appropriate for this service delivery model.


          Source: 39 SDR 220, effective June 27, 2013.

          General Authority: SDCL 36-37-12.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 36-37-12, 36-37-18.


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