(225 ILCS 110/8.8)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
Supervision of speech-language pathology assistants.
(a) A speech-language pathology assistant shall practice only under the
supervision of a speech-language pathologist who has at least 2 years
experience in addition to the supervised professional experience required under
subsection (f) of Section 8 of this Act. A speech-language pathologist who
supervises a speech-language pathology assistant (i) must have completed at least 6
clock hours of training in supervision related to speech-language pathology, and (ii) must complete at least 2 clock hours of continuing education in supervision related to speech-language pathology in each new licensing cycle after completion of the initial training required under item (i). The Department shall promulgate rules describing the supervision
training requirements. The rules may allow a speech-language pathologist to
apply to the Board for an exemption from this training requirement based upon
prior supervisory experience.
(b) A speech-language pathology assistant must be under the direct
supervision of a speech-language pathologist at least 30% of the
speech-language pathology assistant's actual patient or client contact time per
patient or client during the first 90 days of initial employment as a
speech-language pathology assistant. Thereafter, a speech-language pathology
assistant must be under the direct supervision of a speech-language
pathologist at least 20% of the speech-language pathology assistant's actual
patient or client contact time per patient or client. Supervision of a
speech-language pathology assistant beyond the minimum requirements of this
subsection may be imposed at the discretion of the supervising
speech-language pathologist. A supervising speech-language pathologist must
be available to communicate with a speech-language pathology assistant
whenever the assistant is in contact with a patient or client.
(c) A speech-language pathologist that supervises a speech-language
pathology assistant must document direct supervision activities. At a
minimum, supervision documentation must provide (i) information regarding the
quality of the speech-language pathology assistant's performance of
assigned duties, and (ii) verification that clinical activity is limited to
duties specified in Section 8.7.
(d) A full-time speech-language pathologist may supervise no more than 2
speech-language pathology assistants. A speech-language pathologist
that does not work full-time may supervise no more than one speech-language
(e) For purposes of this Section, "direct supervision" means on-site,
observation and guidance by a speech-language pathologist while an
assigned activity is performed by the speech-language pathology assistant.
(Source: P.A. 100-530, eff. 1-1-18