Alaska Statutes.
Title 8. Business and Professions
Chapter 11. Audiologists and Speech Pathologists
Section 200. Definitions.
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AS 08.11.200. Definitions.

In this chapter, unless the context indicates otherwise,

(1) "audiologist" means an individual who is licensed under AS 08.11.010 to practice audiology in the state;

(2) "dealing in hearing aids" has the meaning given in AS 08.55.200 ;

(3) "department" means the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development;

(4) "direct supervision" means supervision that is on-site or available by visual or real-time electronic means through which a supervising speech-language pathologist observes and guides a speech-language pathologist assistant while the assistant performs a clinical activity; "direct supervision" may include demonstration, coaching, and observation to the extent that the demonstration, coaching, or observation otherwise meets the requirements of this paragraph;

(5) "hearing aid" has the meaning given in AS 08.55.200 ;

(6) "immediate supervision" means supervision in the physical presence of the speech-language pathologist assistant during the provision of client services by the speech-language pathologist assistant;

(7) "indirect supervision" means supervision by telephonic or electronic means or by intermittent on-site visits while located either inside or outside of the facility in which the speech-language pathologist assistant is located; "indirect supervision" may include demonstrations, record review, evaluation of audiotaped or videotaped client services, or communication by telephone or electronic mail to the extent that these activities otherwise meet the requirements of this paragraph;

(8) "practice of audiology" means the application of principles, methods, and procedures of measurement, testing, appraisal, prediction, consultation, habilitation, rehabilitation, counseling, and instruction related to hearing and hearing impairment for the purpose of modifying communicative disorders involving speech, language, auditory function, including auditory training, speech reading and the recommendation, evaluation, fitting, and sale of hearing aids, including the fitting of ear molds;

(9) "practice of speech-language pathology" means the application of principles, methods, and procedures related to the development and disorders of human communication, including

(A) screening for, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, rehabilitating, and preventing disorders of speech, such as disorders related to articulation, fluency, voice, and language;

(B) screening for, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, and rehabilitating disorders of oral-pharyngeal function or dysphagia or related disorders;

(C) screening ofr, identifying, assessing, interpreting, diagnosing, and rehabilitating cognitive and communication disorders;

(D) assessing, selecting, and developing augmentative and alternative communication systems and providing training in their use;

(E) providing aural rehabilitation and related counseling services to hearing impaired individuals and their families;

(F) enhancing speech-language proficiency and communication effectiveness, such as accent reduction; and

(G) screening of hearing and other factors for the purpose of speech-language evaluation or the initial identification of individuals with other communication disorders, if judgments and descriptive statements about the results of the screening are limited to pass-fail determinations;

(10) "screening" means a procedure in which a client is identified by either "pass" or "fail" for purposes of necessitating further evaluation of speech, language, or hearing;

(11) "speech-language pathologist" means an individual who is licensed under AS 08.11.015 to practice speech-language pathology in the state;

(12) "supervision" means the provision of direction and evaluation of the tasks assigned.

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