What is the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA)?
The Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) was created by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare. ABESPA is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology practice.

Individuals who seek speech-language pathology and audiology services are entitled to receive quality care. In pursuit of that goal, the Board’s mission is to assure there is a process where consumers may file complaints against licensees or persons practicing speech-language pathology or audiology without a license.

What does the Board Do?

  • The Board issues license to those in compliance with the requirements in Section 2 of the rules and regulations.
  • Receives and investigates complaints from the public and licensees
  • Conduct settlements and disciplinary hearings of licensees
  • Per federal requirements, report disciplinary action to National Data Banks
  • Randomly audit licensees to ensure compliance with Section 9 of the rules and regulations and provide feedback and instruction to those audited
  • Provide guidance to licensees
  • Enact rules and regularly review those rules in to ensure they remain current
  • Serve as a resource for licensees, applicants and the public

Helpful Consumer Links

[icon name="map-marker" class="" unprefixed_class=""] 4815 W Markham, Slot 72
Little Rock, AR 72205

[icon name="phone" class="" unprefixed_class=""] (501) 537-9151


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