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.
Other workplace settings:
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 10-15 percent from 2020-2030, 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.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Inc.
124 Kennerson Road
Eastford, CT 06242