Practice Guidelines

Disclaimer: Practice guidelines provide licensees with general guidance to promote good practice. Law, rules and regulations, not guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and what may constitute professional misconduct.

Use of Titles

Speech-Language Pathologist

Only a person licensed or otherwise authorized under Article 159 of the Education Law shall use the title of speech-language pathologist.

Use of Other Titles

Aide or Assistant

These titles are impermissible. Persons employed to assist speech-language pathologists or audiologists in such activities as cleaning equipment, preparing a room for therapy, or performing secretarial duties should not be referred to as "speech aides" or "audiology assistants," as these terms may be misleading to the public.


Certification of a bi-lingual extension is provided by the Office of Teaching Initiatives. There is no provision for how an extension may be signified in professional title.

Clinical Fellows

When performing the required supervised experience, an applicant for a speech-language pathology license should use the identifier “Speech-Language Pathology Licensure Applicant.” Similarly, during an audiology supervised experience an applicant for a license in audiology should identify himself or herself as “Audiology Licensure Applicant.”


Licensed individuals who have earned a doctorate degree may use the title "doctor," only if they disclose the field in which they hold the doctorate. Licensees in the health professions may not use the title "doctor" when offering to perform professional services without indicating the profession in which the licensee holds the doctorate. For example, for an individual with a Ph.D. in Music who holds a license in speech-language pathology to use the title, "doctor," he or she must indicate that his or her doctorate is in music.

Limited License

Persons practicing under a limited license should sign documents and represent themselves by using the title “Limited License Professional in Speech Language Pathology” and include their license number. “Limited License, SLP” followed by the license number is also acceptable.


A licensed speech-language pathologist may affix the initials TSHH (teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped) or TSSLD (teacher of students with speech and language disabilities) if so certified.

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Last Updated: April 15, 2021