Assistants: SLPAs and Audiology Assistants

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) two new certifications—one for audiology assistants and one for speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs)—show employers you’re a qualified professional ready to work with licensed audiologists or speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in schools, health clinics and hospitals, private practice, and other work settings. Get certified, starting in late 2020.

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Meet this month’s assistant spotlight: Lauren Lembeck! Lauren is currently in grad school to become an SLP. She loves being able to interact and improve the overall lives of students who struggle with communication disorders. Hi, Lauren! Speech Language Pathology, Speech And Language, Private Practice, Clinic, Love Her, Communication, Student, School, Life

Assistant Spotlight

Meet this month’s assistant spotlight: Lauren Lembeck! Lauren is currently in grad school to become an SLP. She loves being able to interact and improve the overall lives of students who struggle with communication disorders. Hi, Lauren!

Lindsay is from Lemoore, CA. She was inspired to become a SLPA when her stepmother encouraged her to pursue speech & language in school, which led to her leaving her job as a chef at a high end restaurant. Lindsay’s favorite part about her position is working closely with children (and sometimes adults) as well as her wonderful supervisors. One thing she wants other professionals starting on this career path to remember is “if it’s fun for you, it’ll be fun for your students/clients”! Speech Language Pathology, Speech And Language, Career Path, Clinic, How To Become, Encouragement, Students, Positivity, Restaurant

Spotlight: Lindsay Sears

Lindsay is from Lemoore, CA. She was inspired to become a SLPA when her stepmother encouraged her to pursue speech & language in school, which led to her leaving her job as a chef at a high end restaurant. Lindsay’s favorite part about her position is working closely with children (and sometimes adults) as well as her wonderful supervisors. One thing she wants other professionals starting on this career path to remember is “if it’s fun for you, it’ll be fun for your students/clients”!

The wait is almost over! ASHA's Assistant Certification Program launches December 15th! It's sooner than you think, so don't wait to prepare yourself by going on our website and seeing what you need to do! Speech Language Pathology, Speech And Language, Practice Exam, Health And Safety, Certificate, December, Knowledge, This Or That Questions, Education

Prepare yourself for the Assistant Certification Program

The wait is almost over! ASHA's Assistant Certification Program launches December 15th! It's sooner than you think, so don't wait to prepare yourself by going on our website and seeing what you need to do!

Watch our video to hear about the benefits of certification from assistants like you! Speech Language Pathology, Speech And Language, Aging Population, Job Work, Continuing Education, Special Needs, Job Search, Certificate, Clinic

There are many benefits of certification!

Watch our video to hear about the benefits of certification from assistants like you!

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ASHA’s Assistant Certification launches Dec 15th! View this video to learn about the benefits of certification for Assistants! Speech Language Pathology, Speech And Language, Aging Population, Job Work, Continuing Education, Special Needs, Job Search, Certificate, Clinic

Assistant Certification Launch Date

ASHA’s Assistant Certification launches Dec 15th! View this video to learn about the benefits of certification for Assistants!

Introducing our September assistant of the month: Meagan Keefe. Meagan is from Griswold, CT and she became an SLPA because of a desire to make a difference in children’s lives. She loves the ability to teach children how to communicate and witness their progress over time. Say hi to Meagan!

September ASHA Assistant Spotlight

Introducing our September assistant of the month: Meagan Keefe. Meagan is from Griswold, CT and she became an SLPA because of a desire to make a difference in children’s lives. She loves the ability to teach children how to communicate and witness their progress over time. Say hi to Meagan!

Preparing for ASHA Assistant Certification? Check out these resources!

All applicants for assistants certification must meet current audiology assistant or speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) standards and requirements, submit a completed online application and supporting documents, and pay the appropriate certification fees.

Introducing our August Assistant Spotlight: Tiarra Smith. Tiarra is from Searcy, Arkansas. As an assistant, she loves the excitement of her students and how eager they are to participate and have a desire to better their communication skills. What does Tiarra most value about her partnership with her supervisor? Her supervisor is also her friend! They collaborate and make sure to provide everything that their students need. She is an example of getting the job done and not just at a fast…

Assistant Spotlight: Tiarra Smith

Introducing our August Assistant Spotlight: Tiarra Smith. Tiarra is from Searcy, Arkansas. As an assistant, she loves the excitement of her students and how eager they are to participate and have a desire to better their communication skills. What does Tiarra most value about her partnership with her supervisor? Her supervisor is also her friend! They collaborate and make sure to provide everything that their students need. She is an example of getting the job done and not just at a fast…

Nina Ivanova is from Cheboksary, Russia. She chose this career path after working with a nonverbal autistic child. She enjoyed helping make him happy through speaking and reading his favorite book. What is Assistant Spotlight Nina’s favorite professional moment? An adult male getting a diagnosis of Autism for the first time in his life in his mid-30s, after being wrongfully diagnosed with anything from schizoid personality to schizophrenia. She was a part of a wonderful change. Say hi to…

Assistant Spotlight: Nina Ivanova

Nina Ivanova is from Cheboksary, Russia. She chose this career path after working with a nonverbal autistic child. She enjoyed helping make him happy through speaking and reading his favorite book. What is Assistant Spotlight Nina’s favorite professional moment? An adult male getting a diagnosis of Autism for the first time in his life in his mid-30s, after being wrongfully diagnosed with anything from schizoid personality to schizophrenia. She was a part of a wonderful change. Say hi to…

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Use of Language in Social Contexts

Social communication disorder is a deficit in the use of language in social contexts, which can affect language expression and comprehension.

Meet our June assistant spotlight of the month, Mayra I. López Seguí! Mayra is a graduate of Caribbean University from Aguada, Puerto Rico. Her favorite part of being an assistant is the opportunity to show her students their strengths! Mayra I. López Seguí advises other assistants to always try to have an option B for your therapies because the first option might not always work. Sometimes simplicity works better. Thanks, Mayra!

June Assistant Spotlight

Meet our June assistant spotlight of the month, Mayra I. López Seguí! Mayra is a graduate of Caribbean University from Aguada, Puerto Rico. Her favorite part of being an assistant is the opportunity to show her students their strengths! Mayra I. López Seguí advises other assistants to always try to have an option B for your therapies because the first option might not always work. Sometimes simplicity works better. Thanks, Mayra!

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Audiologists and speech-language pathologists need to be informed about and implement appropriate infection control practices regardless of their practice setting. This course describes the fundamentals of health care epidemiology and infection control, including pathogen transmission, outbreak management, occupational health management, prevention, and management of various infections.

Introducing our May assistant of the month: Candace MacKoul! Candace is from Worcester, MA, and wanted to become an SLPA after growing up with her great uncle who had a communication disorder. We asked what do you love most about being an SLPA? She responded, "I love having the opportunity to work with a variety of age groups and communication disorders. It is rewarding working in a school setting and seeing the improvement that the students make in speech therapy." Keep up the great work!

Assistant Spotlight of the Month

Introducing our May assistant of the month: Candace MacKoul! Candace is from Worcester, MA, and wanted to become an SLPA after growing up with her great uncle who had a communication disorder. We asked what do you love most about being an SLPA? She responded, "I love having the opportunity to work with a variety of age groups and communication disorders. It is rewarding working in a school setting and seeing the improvement that the students make in speech therapy." Keep up the great work!

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment.

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We love hearing from our Assistants! Meet this month's Assistant Spotlight, Caitlin Lavey! Our #AssistantSpotlight Caitlin was inspired to become a SLPA because she is SO passionate about the field and the knowledge those in the field have. I knew this would be the best way to keep learning and developing clinical skills in practical application after graduation. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!​​ Connect with Caitlin, and follow us on Twitter to see what else she shares. Speech Language Pathology, Speech And Language, Private Practice, Spotlight, Clinic, Connect, How To Become, Graduation, Knowledge

Assistant Spotlight Recognition

We love hearing from our Assistants! Meet this month's Assistant Spotlight, Caitlin Lavey! Our #AssistantSpotlight Caitlin was inspired to become a SLPA because she is SO passionate about the field and the knowledge those in the field have. I knew this would be the best way to keep learning and developing clinical skills in practical application after graduation. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!​​ Connect with Caitlin, and follow us on Twitter to see what else she shares.