Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Upon the completion of the degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, graduates will be able to:
- Communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, with children or adults and their families, as well as colleagues, supervisors, and other professionals, while always directing inquiries for clinical information to the supervising speech-language pathologist.
- Demonstrate comprehension of and skill utilizing a variety of research methods and scientific inquiry in order to evaluate information critically.
- Apply the logic of mathematical reasoning and demonstrate proficiency in computational methods and mathematical concepts and applications.
- Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems, to evaluate arguments and chains of reasoning, and to interpret information.
- Demonstrate the ability to use contemporary information technology to gather information resources for personal and professional obligations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and reasoning ability about contemporary ethical issues and values.
- Describe developmental patterns of the acquisition of sounds, words, grammatical and syntactical forms, semantics, the receptive and expressive use of language and pragmatic skills.
- Demonstrate understanding of the basic etiology and symptomology of communication disorders, including developmental delays, voice, language, articulation, phonology, fluency, neurological impairment and hearing impairment.
- Identify various language and cultural diversities and demonstrate awareness and understanding of student/patient/client needs and cultural values.
- Describe the general principles of therapeutic intervention and identify the scope, the roles, and major issues of therapy in a variety of settings, age/grade levels, types of treatment, and supervision models used as related to speech and language therapy.
- Follow documented individual education plans or protocols (IEPs, IFSPs) developed by the supervising speech-language pathologist as well as plan and implement therapy for specific, common problems under the direct supervision of a speech-language pathologist.
- Document student/patient/client performance (e.g., tallying data for the speech-language pathologist to use; preparing charts, records, and graphs) and report this information to the supervising speech-language pathologist.
- Write clear and concise reports of treatment sessions.
- Exhibit compliance with regulations, reimbursement requirements, and the speech-language pathology assistant’s job responsibilities.