Speech-language pathologist assistants assist the speech-language pathologist with speech-language and hearing screenings. They may follow documented treatment plans or protocols developed by the supervising speech-language pathologist, assist with informal documentation, and perform checks/maintenance of equipment. They may also support the supervising speech-language pathologist in research projects, in-service training, and public relations programs.
Most speech-language pathologist assistants work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, or speech and hearing centers. They may work 40 hours per week, and some may work part time.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn’t provide data specifically for speech-pathology assistants, but it does have data for all medical assistants. The BLS notes that employment opportunities for all of these assistants regardless of specialty were expected to increase 31% from 2010-2020, which is faster than average.
Each state has training requirements that range from a high school diploma to a baccalaureate degree plus graduate credit hours, as well as a variety of requirements for supervision. In addition to state regulatory agencies, state education agencies also may credential support personnel to work solely in schools to support service delivery provided by a qualified speech-language pathologist.
*on the job trainingOn-the-job training is received by working with a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Inc.
124 Kennerson Road
Eastford, CT 06242