American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Wyoming 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

Paraprofessionals/assistants are used in public schools but are not required to be licensed by the Professional Teaching Standards Board but must meet Department of Education requirements. Paraprofessionals must be highly qualified and are encouraged to continue to upgrade their education on an ongoing basis. Acquisition of highly qualified status requires an associate's degree, the credit hours equivalent of an associate's degree, or a passing score on a nationally recognized test for paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals may provide services up to their capabilities as determined by their supervisors.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Licensees supervising a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) shall register with the Board.
  2. SLPAs must also register with the Board.
  3. SLPAs must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, good moral character, communication skills adequate for the tasks assigned, and the ability to relate to the clinical population being served.
  4. A training course taught by a Wyoming licensed speech language pathologist shall be completed; a practicum and/or on-the-job training is required; annual training to maintain proficiency in clinical management procedures must be conducted; a report must be submitted to the board following training.
  5. Assistant clinical activities are 100% the responsibility of the licensee.
  6. Direct on-site observation of the assistant are required: first 10 hours of direct client contact following training; 10% of all clinical sessions after the first 10 hours to include 1 in every 10 consecutive clinical sessions.
  7. Licensees may not supervise more than 3 assistants except under certain board-approved circumstances unless it is demonstrated to the Board that: 
    1. The public's health and safety would be served,
    2. The supervising licensee has the need, and
    3. The licensee can adequately supervise more than 3 technicians.

Audiology

School Setting Requirements

Paraprofessionals/assistants are used in public schools but are not required to be licensed by the Professional Teaching Standards Board but must meet Department of Education requirements. Paraprofessionals must be highly qualified and are encouraged to continue to upgrade their education on an ongoing basis. Acquisition of highly qualified status requires an associate's degree, the credit hours equivalent of an associate's degree, or a passing score on a nationally recognized test for paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals may provide services up to their capabilities as determined by their supervisors.

Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

  1. Licensees supervising an audiometric technician shall register with the Board.
  2. Audiometric technicians must also register with the Board.
  3. Audiometric technicians must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, good moral character, communication skills adequate for the tasks assigned, and the ability to relate to the clinical population being served.
  4. A training course taught by a Wyoming licensed audiologist shall be completed; a practicum and/or on-the-job training is required; annual training to maintain proficiency in clinical management procedures must be conducted; a report must be submitted to the board following training.
  5. Technician clinical activities are 100% the responsibility of the licensee.
  6. Direct on-site observation of the technician are required: first 10 hours of direct client contact following training; 10% of all clinical sessions after the first 10 hours to include 1 in every 10 consecutive clinical sessions.
  7. Licensees may not supervise more than 3 technicians except under certain board-approved circumstances unless it is demonstrated to the Board that: 
    1. The public's health and safety would be served, 
    2. The supervising licensee has the need, and
    3. The licensee can adequately supervise more than 3 technicians.

Resources

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

Laws and Regulations for Speech Language Pathology Assistants and Audiometric Technicians

Department of Education, Special Programs Unit [PDF]

Certified/Highly Qualified Teachers-Guidance for Districts [PDF]

To see where your state stands on support personnel licensure trends, please view the trend chart which is updated at the end of each calendar year:

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

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