Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Current State of Affairs The utilization of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) is increasing in the United States particularly in the public schools. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides specific guidelines regarding the training, use, and supervision of (SLPAs; ASHA, 2004). The current state of affairs of SLPAs involves variable requirements across the states to qualify ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2009
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Current State of Affairs
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  • Lemmietta McNeilly
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
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Article   |   March 01, 2009
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Current State of Affairs
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, March 2009, Vol. 10, 12-18. doi:10.1044/sbi10.1.12
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, March 2009, Vol. 10, 12-18. doi:10.1044/sbi10.1.12
Abstract

The utilization of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) is increasing in the United States particularly in the public schools. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides specific guidelines regarding the training, use, and supervision of (SLPAs; ASHA, 2004). The current state of affairs of SLPAs involves variable requirements across the states to qualify for SLPA credentials. The programs that educate SLPAs have variable technical and curricular requirements, and the educational requirements for regulating SLPAs also vary across the states. School-based SLPs continue to raise questions about the supervision requirements, funding, and reimbursement issues for working with SLPA in schools across the country.

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