Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

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About the Job

Assist speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. Implement speech and language programs or activities as planned and directed by speech-language pathologists. Monitor the use of alternative communication devices and systems.

It is also Called

  • Speech-language Pathology Assistant
  • Speech-Language Assistant
  • Speech Therapy Assistant
  • Speech Therapist Technician
  • Speech Therapist
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Speech Pathologist Assistant
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistant
  • Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
  • Speech Correction Assistant
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What They Do

  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the conduct of speech-language research projects.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, or other visual displays to communicate clients' performance information.
  • Conduct in-service training sessions, or family and community education programs.
  • Test or maintain equipment to ensure correct performance.
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the conduct of client screenings or assessments of language, voice, fluency, articulation, or hearing.
  • Select or prepare speech-language instructional materials.
  • Collect and compile data to document clients' performance or assess program quality.
  • Perform support duties, such as preparing materials, keeping records, maintaining supplies, and scheduling activities.
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the remediation or development of speech and language skills.
  • Document clients' progress toward meeting established treatment objectives.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $41,430 with most people making between $27,100 and $53,350

Outlook

0.89%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,460 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,590 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 13 openings due to growth and about 27 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.



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