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Current Policies and New Directions for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants


Paul-Brown, D and Goldberg, LR, Current Policies and New Directions for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 32 pp. 4-17. ISSN 0161-1461 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2001 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

DOI: doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2001/001)


This article provides an overview of current American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) policies for the appropriate use and supervision of speech-language pathology assistants with an emphasis on the need to preserve the role of fully qualified speech-language pathologists in the service delivery system. Seven challenging issues surrounding the appropriate use of speech-language pathology assistants are considered. These include registering assistants and approving training programs; membership in ASHA; discrepancies between state requirements and ASHA policies; preparation for serving diverse multicultural, bilingual, and international populations; supervision considerations; funding and reimbursement for assistants; and perspectives on career-ladder/bachelor-level personnel. The formation of a National Leadership Council is proposed to develop a coordinated strategic plan for addressing these controversial and potentially divisive issues related to speech-language pathology assistants. This council would implement strategies for future development in the areas of professional education pertaining to assistant-level supervision, instruction of assistants, communication networks, policy development, research, and the dissemination/promotion of information regarding assistants.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:speech pathology assistants in healthcare, policies
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Goldberg, LR (Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg)
ID Code:95596
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-10-03
Last Modified:2015-03-18

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