This self-guided tutorial has been developed for administrators and school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) interested in clarifying the roles of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) in their schools.

The content of this professional development is based on A Guide for the Training, Use and Supervision of Speech-Language Pathology Aides and Assistants in Connecticut (1999), which can be downloaded from CSDE’s Web site or SERC’s Web site. The guidelines are modeled after guidelines from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for using SLPAs. Of note is that the guidelines were written to provide clarification regarding the appropriate use and supervision of SLP aides and assistants in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and clinics. As such, they are broad in their focus.

This tutorial is not designed to increase skill development in SLPAs or to directly support the supervision of SLPAs by SLPs. Some SLPAs may find it useful, though, in clarifying their role.

There are two options for viewing this content: a narrated, web-based version (requires flash, opens in a new browser window), and a downloadable version based in Microsoft Powerpoint (see below).