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7:00 pm - 7:40 pm: current policy on personnel certification and discussion
7:40 pm-8:30 pm: current policy on multidisciplinary assessment and discussion 

Due to challenges that early intervention therapy providers are facing, information will be presented and discussed related to current legal and regulatory policy and related topics that impact program integrity and child and family outcomes in early intervention.  This session will provide information on licensing, scope of practice, ethical service provision, multi-disciplinary assessment, and formulating a pathway for program change in early intervention. All attendees will be invited to participate in discussions that will be helpful in a joint therapy advocacy effort in 2024.

Learning outcomes:
1. Participants will participate in creating a pathway for advocating for program change in early intervention
2. Participants will be able to define the legal scope of practice for EI service providers 
3. Participants will be able to list components of professional licensure in South Carolina and the effect of licensure on service provision.


Kelly Caldwell, SCSHA VP of Government Affairs

Kelly Caldwell is a Speech-Language Pathologist at a Voice Clinic in Anderson, SC. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching- Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree from East Carolina University.  Special interests include functional dysphagia, dysphonia, and upper airway disorders. Outside of the clinic, Kelly enjoys mentoring SLPs on the Med SLP Collective.  She is currently serving SCSHA as the Vice President of Government Affairs.

No relevant financial or non-financial disclosures.