American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Ohio Support Personnel Requirements

The following information includes speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel requirements in educational and other practice settings. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that regulations and policy may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Speech-Language Pathology

School Setting Requirements

Speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel are not regulated in Ohio schools.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Speech-language pathology aides must be licensed.
  2. Speech-language pathology aides must have a high school diploma or equivalent and successful completion of training requirements as outlined in the approved application.
  3. An aide shall be clearly identified as such by a badge worn during all contact with persons served.
  4. A licensed speech-language pathologist must be able to provide direct, comprehensive, documented, and immediate supervision to an aide; "direct supervision" is defined as that given by a supervisor who is either present in the room in which the clinical services are being given or who is immediately available to provide assistance to the aide within that particular contact with client served.
  5. A licensed speech-language pathologist shall not supervise any more than two aides unless approved by the Board. 
  6. Continuing education opportunities shall be provided to ensure that practices are current and that skills are maintained.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel are not regulated in Ohio schools.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Audiology aides must be licensed.
  2. Audiology aides must have a high school diploma or equivalent and successful completion of training requirements as outlined in the approved application.
  3. An aide shall be clearly identified as such by a badge worn during all contact with persons served.
  4. A licensed audiologist must be able to provide direct, comprehensive, documented, and immediate supervision to an aide; "direct supervision" is defined as that given by a supervisor who is either present in the room in which the clinical services are being given or who is immediately available to provide assistance to the aide within that particular contact with client served.
  5. A licensed audiologist shall not supervise any more than two aides unless approved by the Board
  6. Continuing education opportunities shall be provided to ensure that practices are current and that skills are maintained

Resources

For further information on laws and regulations for speech-language pathology and audiology support personnel in educational and other practice settings, please visit this website:

Laws for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Aides

To see where your state stands on support personnel licensure trends, please view the trends charts which are updated annually:

Support Personnel in Schools Settings [PDF]

Support Personnel Excluding Schools Settings [PDF]

Questions regarding state advocacy issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Advocacy Team.

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