20:79:04:02. Responsibilities outside the scope for speech-language pathology assistants. A speech-language pathology assistant may not:
(1) Perform any activity that violates § 20:79:06:04;
(2) Represent himself or herself as a speech-language pathologist;
(3) Administer or perform any standardized or nonstandardized diagnostic tests, formal or informal evaluations, swallow screenings checklist, or clinical interpretation of screening or test results;
(4) Perform procedures that require a high level of clinical acumen and technical skill, vocal tract prosthesis shaping or fitting, vocal tract imaging and oral pharyngeal swallow therapy with bolus material;
(5) Tabulate or interpret results and observations of feeding and swallowing evaluations performed by speech-language pathologists;
(6) Participate in parent conferences, case conferences, or any interdisciplinary team without the presence of the supervising speech-language pathologist or a designated licensed speech-language pathologist;
(7) Develop or modify a patient or client's individualized treatment plan in any way;
(8) Provide client or patient counseling;
(9) Provide interpretative information to the client, family, or others regarding the client status or service;
(10) Sign any formal document such as treatment plans or reimbursement plans without co-signature of supervising speech-language pathologist;
(11) Assist with clients without following the individualized treatment plan prepared by the speech-language pathologist or without access to supervision;
(12) Select clients for services;
(13) Discharge clients from services;
(14) Make referrals for additional services;
(15) Develop or determine the swallowing strategies or precautions for clients, family, or staff;
(16) Treat medically fragile clients independently; and
(17) Design or select augmentative and alternative communication systems or devices.
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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