Encroachment Article Clarification The 2006–2008 Vice President for Professional Practices in Speech-Language Pathology Coordinating Committee submitted four articles on encroachment that were combined into one ASHA Leader article in the Dec. 15, 2009, issue. The topic was potentially controversial, but the committee determined that members should be informed about the views expressed by ... Inbox
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Encroachment Article Clarification
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  • Brian B. ShulmanChair
  • Brian B. Shulman, Chair, Suzanne Ducharme, Maureen Lefton-Greif, Sherry Sancibrian and Genncis Rosado, Lemmietta McNeilly, ex-officio
    Brian B. Shulman, Chair, Suzanne Ducharme, Maureen Lefton-Greif, Sherry Sancibrian and Genncis Rosado, Lemmietta McNeilly, ex-officio×
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Encroachment Article Clarification
The ASHA Leader, June 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.15072010.2
The ASHA Leader, June 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.15072010.2
The 2006–2008 Vice President for Professional Practices in Speech-Language Pathology Coordinating Committee submitted four articles on encroachment that were combined into one ASHA Leader article in the Dec. 15, 2009, issue. The topic was potentially controversial, but the committee determined that members should be informed about the views expressed by colleagues. Based on reader feedback, the committee wishes to clarify the following:
  • The original article title was “Encroachment and Speech-Language Pathology,” not “Role Ambiguity and Speech-Language Pathology.” We regret the title change.

  • The sentence, “It is ASHA’s position that we don’t own the scope…” should have read, “ASHA does not take a position on the scope of practice for our colleagues in other professions.” ASHA stands behind the competency of its member SLPs to render services within their scope of practice; other professional organizations must do the same.

  • ASHA members were concerned that “role ambiguity” might be interpreted as SLPs not knowing “what they are supposed to do.” The committee intended to communicate the need for a working environment in which team members respect one another’s expertise. An SLP is challenged to maintain a professional identity while functioning on a team—particularly when questions are raised about overlapping skills.

  • The committee believes that SLPs must advocate and educate about how their knowledge and skills contribute to team effectiveness and high-quality services. ASHA offers resources that support SLPs’ role and participation across the broad scope of practice.

The committee encourages continued discussion on this challenging topic.
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