20:79:04:03. Supervision of speech-language pathology assistants. During the first 90 workdays as a speech-language pathology assistant, the supervising speech-language pathologist shall provide supervision for at least 30 percent of the time each week, of which at least 20 percent must be direct supervision. The supervising speech-language pathologist shall review data on every client seen by the speech-language pathology assistant weekly. In addition, the direct supervision shall be scheduled so that all clients seen by the assistant are directly supervised. Each client must receive direct contact with the speech-language pathologist at least one session every two weeks.
After 90 workdays, the amount of supervision can be adjusted if the supervising speech-language pathologist determines the speech-language pathologist assistant has met appropriate competencies and skill levels with a variety of communication and related disorders.
Minimum ongoing supervision must always include documentation of direct supervision provided by the speech-language pathologist and direct client contact at least every 60 calendar days.
A minimum of one hour of direct supervision weekly for full-time speech-language pathologist assistants and as much indirect supervision as needed to facilitate the delivery of quality services must be maintained. A minimum of two hours of direct supervision monthly for part-time speech-language pathologist assistants and as much indirect supervision as needed to facilitate the delivery of quality services must be maintained.
Source: 39 SDR 220, effective June 27, 2013.
General Authority: SDCL 36-37-12.
Law Implemented: SDCL 36-37-12, 36-37-18, 36-37-20.
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