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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Also called: Communication Assistant, Speech - Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA), Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, Speech Language Pathology Assistant

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Implement treatment plans or protocols as directed by speech-language pathologists.
  • Document clients' progress toward meeting established treatment objectives.
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the remediation or development of speech and language skills.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Biofeedback software
  • Bungalow Software Aphasia Tutor Software
Analytical or scientific software
  • Language analysis software
  • Signal analysis software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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