American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

School Speech-Language Assistant Programs

Districts across the country are utilizing speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) to enhance services provided to students in a variety of ways. Programs listed below demonstrate districts that are striving to use SLPAs appropriately, the challenges SLPs faced in implementing quality SLPA programs and the administrative support required to provide an effective program.

North Carolina: Rockingham County School District
Contact: Colette Edwards at cedwards@rock.k12.nc.us
North Carolina has developed guidelines [PDF] for use by school administrators and hiring officials.

Texas: Sherman Independent School District
Contact: Jill Roper at jroper@shermanisd.net
SLPAs are supervised by an SLP with a CCC. The program is supported by the administrators, and capable SLPAs are encouraged to obtain a Master's degree.

ASHA maintains a comprehensive list of existing SLPA training programs. Currently, there are 21 operational SLPA training programs. The technical training programs for SLPAs are self-identified; this list is not meant to be exhaustive. These programs have not been reviewed or evaluated in any way by ASHA for technical training of speech-language pathology assistants. Placement on this list does not indicate any endorsement by ASHA.

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