A speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) is a certified support person who works under the supervision of a license speech-language pathologist. The SLPA performs specific therapy-related tasks that are prescribed and directed by their supervising speech language pathologist.
As a member of a speech-language therapy team, the SLPA helps children and adults with communication disorders improve their ability to speak, listen and interact with others. SLPAs are responsible for following the directed treatment plant of the supervising speech language pathologist while working independently to deliver therapy services to children and adults, taking and tracking data, and various other roles and responsibilities within their scope of practice.
The SLPA works closely with others in a variety of settings including early intervention ( birth-5 yr programs),schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and within a Speech-Language Pathologist's private practice.
The Chemeketa SLPA program encourages students to review their individual state licensing requirements for SLPA licensure/certification.
California Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national organization that advocates for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology and related professionals. SLPAs are eligible to become members of ASHA through their Associates Program. The ASHA website has a wealth of information available to the public and professions.
ASHA Associates Program
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