Finding Answers Regarding the 2 R's of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA) Supervision: Regulations and Recommendations The use of support personnel has the potential to help alleviate the national shortage of speech-language pathologists (SLPs). However, ensuring the proper use of support personnel can be challenging for supervisors due to differences in the regulations and requirements pertaining to speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs). The purpose of this article ... Article
Article  |   December 15, 2016
Finding Answers Regarding the 2 R's of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA) Supervision: Regulations and Recommendations
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sara M. Aguilar
    Lawndale School District, Lawndale, CA
  • Jennifer A. Ostergren
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
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  • Financial: Sara M. Aguilar has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Jennifer A. Ostergren has no financial interests to disclose.
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Professional Issues & Training / Part 2
Article   |   December 15, 2016
Finding Answers Regarding the 2 R's of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA) Supervision: Regulations and Recommendations
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 86-91. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG11.86
History: Received March 30, 2016 , Revised June 29, 2016 , Accepted July 25, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 86-91. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG11.86
History: Received March 30, 2016; Revised June 29, 2016; Accepted July 25, 2016

The use of support personnel has the potential to help alleviate the national shortage of speech-language pathologists (SLPs). However, ensuring the proper use of support personnel can be challenging for supervisors due to differences in the regulations and requirements pertaining to speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs). The purpose of this article is to review current regulations and recommendations regarding the supervision and use of support personnel in the field of speech-language pathology. Findings suggest that there are significant national variations in SLPA requirements. Supervisors can approach supervision by first investigating their state/local regulations regarding SLPAs and then familiarize themselves with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA's) recommendations (which are highlighted in this article) for further guidance and clarification in this area. In light of the national inconsistencies in SLPA requirements, SLPAs and their supervisors are encouraged to advocate for more resources and to explore the concept of national standards as a possible way to address critical issues impacting the work of SLPAs and their supervisors.

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