Speech pathology assistants are trained paraprofessionals who work under the control of certified speech-language pathologists. The US healthcare industry presents domestic and internationally trained candidates with good opportunities for speech pathology assistant jobs. Efficient professionals can secure healthcare jobs in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes, educational institutions, long term healthcare facilities, acute treatment care centers, universities, home healthcare agencies, government organizations and other facilities.
Speech Pathology Assistant – Job Profile
Speech pathology assistants have to support speech-language pathologists in the treatment of persons suffering from speech, voice, language, communication and swallowing impairments. Under the efficient guidance of speech pathologists, they execute responsibilities such as:
• Speech-language screenings
• Implementation of treatment and therapeutic exercises
• Documentation of the patient’s progress
• Assisting the speech-language pathologist during the evaluation and treatment phases
They have to perform clerical functions like scheduling appointments as well as preparing and maintaining the materials and equipment required for treatment.
To obtain placement, candidates must have completed a two-year associate degree program from a recognized institution satisfying the rules prescribed by ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association). They must also have the skill, attitude and patience to help the patients effectively.
Range of Benefits
Qualifications, experience, type of healthcare facility and location determine the salary of these assistants. The benefits they can obtain include:
• 401(k) retirement savings plan
• Medical and dental insurance
• Paid housing
• Professional liability insurance
• Relocation expenses
• Additional state license
• Section 125 Cafeteria plan
• Short term disability insurance
• Travel allowance
• Completion bonuses
• Immigration processing support for overseas candidates