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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Speech-language pathology assistants can find interesting and remunerative jobs in leading healthcare facilities in the United States. Jobs in this sector are available for both fresh graduates and experienced hands.

What Does a Speech Language Pathology Assistant Do?

An SPL assistant works under the direction of licensed or credentialed pathologists to help children and adults with communication disorders including stuttering, articulation, language difficulties and voice problems. The SLPA performs various tasks to support the clinical services provided by speech language pathologists. Speech language pathology assistants perform the following services, which include:

o Assist therapists in the implementation of treatment plans

o Teach clients how to improve their performance, basic living skills and use of adaptive equipment

o Records the progress of the client and prepares the living environment

o Design working area, living environment and equipment used during treatment

o Assist therapists to administer diagnostic tests of clients' abilities

Necessary Requirements to Become a Registered SPLA

Individuals, who wish to be a SPL assistant, must complete an associate degree or certification program from an accredited college/school. With this academic requirement, students must pass the national certification exam to become a certified therapy assistant.

Attractive Job Positions

Many job positions are available in a variety of settings including acute care centers, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and lots more. These settings offer jobs that match your flexible schedules and assignments including long term, short term, travel, full-time, part-time, temporary or permanent.

Job Advantages

Speech language pathology assistant jobs come with significant benefits including 401(k) retirement savings plan, additional state license, professional liability insurance, immigration processing (for internationally trained employees), medical and dental insurance, short-term disability insurance, continuing education and paid housing. The wages of speech-language pathology assistants may vary depending on: