Below is a portion of a letter written by ASHA regarding music therapist and their scope of practice in treating communication disorders. Read entire letter: ASHA Comments to Utah Re Music Therapy HB 352
February 20, 2018
The Honorable Rebecca P. Edwards
1221 Eaglewood Loop
North Salt Lake, UT 84054
Re: HB 352
Dear Representative Edwards:
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Over 1,300 of our members reside in Utah.
ASHA maintains that music therapists are not appropriately trained to diagnose, assess, and treat communication disorders, which falls under the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists.