Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Speech Pathology Assistants (SPAs) work with children and adults under the supervision of a certified/licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). They follow treatment plans, document performance, assist with some screening and assessment procedures, prepare materials, maintain equipment, and assist with scheduling.
SPAs work with people with communication disorders. Examples of childhood disorders include delayed speech and language development, autism, stuttering, articulation disorders, and hearing impairments, as well as cognitive processing and auditory processing. Children may have birth defects such as cleft palate and cerebral palsy requiring speech therapy. Adults may have strokes, brain injuries, laryngectomies, voice disorders, and dialect differences requiring the services of an SLP.
Speech Pathology Assistants may work in both the public and private sector. SPAs may work in schools, hospitals, and clinics. They may also work in rehabilitation clinics, Head Start programs, or home health programs.
- Graduation from high school or a GED.
- Graduation from an appropriate associate’s degree program.
- State Licensing is required.
The Center for Human Development at UAA in collaboration with Prince William Sound Community College, offers a two year distance delivered A.A.S. Degree in Disability Services, which includes an emphasis area in Speech-Language Support. For more information contact:
Center for Human Development, UAA
2702 Gambell Street, Ste. 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Contact: Susan Maley, Ph.D.
Phone: (907) 264-6239
Toll free: (800) 243-2199
Web site: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/centerforhumandevelopment/laye/index.cfm
The Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Nicole LaChance, President
Phone: (907) 727-6545
Web site: http://aksha.org/
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
Toll free: (800) 638-8255
Fax: (301) 296-8580
Web site: http://www.asha.org/
This page was last updated by Janice Troyer on June 25, 2013