The Evolution of an SLPA Program There is an increasing demand for qualified individuals available in our profession. One answer to this crisis is to hire trained speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) to assist speech language pathologists (SLPs). Shoreline Community College's SLPA program was created in response to the shortage of fully trained SLPs. The program is ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2009
The Evolution of an SLPA Program
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  • Susan Sparks
    Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA
  • Lisa Van Horne
    Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA
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Article   |   March 01, 2009
The Evolution of an SLPA Program
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, March 2009, Vol. 10, 4-11. doi:10.1044/sbi10.1.4
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, March 2009, Vol. 10, 4-11. doi:10.1044/sbi10.1.4
Abstract

There is an increasing demand for qualified individuals available in our profession. One answer to this crisis is to hire trained speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) to assist speech language pathologists (SLPs). Shoreline Community College's SLPA program was created in response to the shortage of fully trained SLPs. The program is designed in strict compliance with ASHA's guidelines (ASHA, 2004). Students attend lectures remotely, complete assigned reading, take quizzes, engage in in-class and online discussions, turn in assignments, and take exams without ever having to commute to the Shoreline campus. This allows students from across the state to complete their education while continuing to live and work in their communities.

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