(225 ILCS 110/8.7)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 8.7. Duties of speech-language pathology assistants.
    (a) The scope of responsibility of speech-language pathology assistants shall be limited to supplementing the role of a speech-language pathologist in implementing the treatment program established by the speech-language pathologist. The functions and duties of a speech-language pathology assistant shall be:
        (1) conducting speech-language screening, without
interpretation, and using screening protocols developed by the supervising speech-language pathologist;
        (2) providing direct treatment assistance to patients
or clients, if authorized by and under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist;
        (3) following and implementing documented treatment
plans or protocols developed by a supervising speech-language pathologist;
        (4) documenting patient or client progress toward
meeting established objectives and reporting the information to a supervising speech-language pathologist;
        (5) assisting a speech-language pathologist during
assessments, including, but not limited to, assisting with formal documentation, preparing materials, and performing clerical duties for a supervising speech-language pathologist;
        (6) acting as an interpreter for non-English speaking
patients or clients and their family members when competent to do so;
        (7) scheduling activities and preparing charts,
records, graphs, and data;
        (8) performing checks and maintenance of equipment,
including, but not limited to, augmentative communication devices; and
        (9) assisting with speech-language pathology research
projects, in-service training, and family or community education;
    (b) A speech-language pathology assistant may not:
        (1) perform standardized or nonstandardized
diagnostic tests or formal or informal evaluations or interpret test results;
        (2) screen or diagnose patients or clients for
feeding or swallowing disorders;
        (3) participate in parent conferences, case
conferences, or any interdisciplinary team without the presence of the supervising speech-language pathologist;
        (4) provide patient or client or family counseling;
        (5) write, develop, or modify a patient's or client's
individualized treatment plan;
        (6) assist with patients or clients without following
the individualized treatment plan prepared by the supervising speech-language pathologist;
        (7) sign any formal documents such as treatment
plans, reimbursement forms, or reports;
        (8) select patients or clients for services;
        (9) discharge a patient or client from services;
        (10) disclose clinical or confidential information,
either orally or in writing, to anyone other than the supervising speech-language pathologist;
        (11) make referrals for additional services;
        (12) counsel or consult with the patient or client,
family, or others regarding the patient's or client's status or service;
        (13) represent himself or herself to be a
speech-language pathologist;
        (14) use a checklist or tabulate results of feeding
or swallowing evaluations; or
        (15) demonstrate swallowing strategies or precautions
to patients, family, or staff.
(Source: P.A. 92-510, eff. 6-1-02.)