Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

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Speech-language pathology assistants are support personnel who, following academic and/or on-the-job training, perform tasks prescribed, directed, and supervised by ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a speech-language pathology assistant may conduct the following tasks under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist:

  • Assist speech-language and hearing screenings (without interpretation)
  • Assist with informal documentation as directed by the speech-language pathologist
  • Follow documented treatment plans or protocols developed by the supervising speech-language pathologist
  • Document patient/client performance (e.g., tallying data for the speech-language pathologist to use; preparing charts, records, and graphs) and report this information to the supervision speech-language pathologist
  • Assist the speech-language pathologist during assessment of patients/clients
  • Assist with clerical duties such as preparing materials and scheduling activities as directed by the speech-language pathologist
  • Perform checks and maintenance of equipment
  • Support the supervising speech-language pathologist in research projects, in-service training, and public relations programs
  • Assist with departmental operations (scheduling, record keeping, safety/maintenance of supplies and equipment)
  • Collect data for monitoring quality improvement
  • Exhibit compliance with regulations, reimbursement requirements, and speech-language pathology assistant’s job responsibilities
Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$23.20
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$31.68
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$35.92
Salary Range: 
$60,000 - $80,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
No
Coding License Required: 
Yes
Certification(s) Required: 
No
License Required: 
Yes
License Requirements: 
To be licensed you need an Associate's degree or higher in speech-language pathology, communications sciences and disorders, or communications disorders. You must be directed and supervised by a NH licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction
Support Role