The job of the speech therapy assistant generally entails working under the direction of a speech language pathologist, assisting them in rehabilitative services for clients, and facilitating their supervisor’s job. The clients can range in age from the very young to the elderly.
A speech therapy assistant would generally be working indoors either in a health facility or in the client's home. Schools are also often in need of the services of a speech therapy assistant. There, they would assist in categorizing records and treatment plans and in filling out paperwork and medical records for each client. They would carry out the specific protocols of each individual requester. They would implement treatment plans, as per the direction of the speech language pathologist or supervisor, and chart the progress of each client. This job requires excellent communication skills and documentation abilities. A pleasant personality is also a plus, in order to be able to interact well with clients. Speech therapy assistants generally supply their own transportation, and dependability and reliability are musts. They also must be willing to submit to a background check and be up to date with their vaccinations, as they come into contact with many types of individuals of all ages and health conditions.
Many speech therapy assistants work in either part-time or full time jobs, so the hours will vary. Education requirements are an associate’s or bachelor's degree in speech language pathology or a related field. Registration and licensing from the state is also required.
Speech Therapy Assistant Tasks
Record and maintain evaluations, treatment, progress and discharge records of patients.
Assist patients in communication techniques and teach speech, muscle and breathing exercises.
Assist in administering hearing, speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients.