Speech/Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
The job of Speech/Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) was established for the purpose/
s of assisting speech/language pathology staff in providing speech/language therapy services
for pupils with communication disorders (i.e., delays in pragmatic semantics, syntax, fluency,
articulation/phonology). This job reports to Director, Special Education and/or other assigned
• Coordinates meetings on behalf of Speech and Language Pathologist with a variety of
individuals as directed (e.g., parents, teachers, physicians, administration, other professionals) for
the purpose of communicating information and/or resolving issues in compliance with established
• Follows established treatment plans for the purpose of facilitating students’ progress on
• Instructs students in the use of appropriate communication technologies (e.g., hearing aids,
augmentative communication devices) for the purpose of minimizing the adverse educational
impact of communication disorders and improving student success in the classroom.
• Maintains and cleans program equipment for the purpose of providing treatment equipment in
accordance with established infection control protocols and in proper working order.
• Maintains files and/or records (e.g., progress reports, activity logs, treatment plans, required
documentation, reports, assessment results) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of
information as required for reference and/or compliance.
• Participates in meetings, workshops, and seminars (e.g., training, team meetings) for the
purpose of conveying and/or gathering information.
• Prepares, under direction of Speech and Language Pathologist, a wide variety of written
activity logs, correspondence, memos) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing
written reference, and/or conveying information.
• Schedules activities on behalf of Speech/Language Pathologist (e.g., assessments, meetings with
parents and/or teachers, treatments) for the purpose of addressing students’ needs.
• Transports supplies and equipment required for evaluations and treatment to a variety of sites
for the purpose of ensuring the availability of items as needed.
• Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective
functioning of the work unit.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
SKILLS are required to perform single, technical tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in
order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily
perform the functions of the job include: using specialized equipment used in the treatment of
communication disorders; operating standard office equipment including pertinent computer
software; and preparing and maintaining accurate records.
KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math; read a variety of manuals, write documents
following prescribed formats, and/or present information to others; and solve practical problems.
Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job
include: speech and hearing disorders; principles and practices of speech and language therapy;
and equipment, materials and procedures. ABILITY is required to schedule activities and/or
meetings; gather and/or collate data; and use basic, job related equipment. Flexibility is required
to work with others in a variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined and similar
processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a
wide diversity of individuals; work with similar types of data; and utilize job-related
equipment. Some problem solving may be required to identify issues and select action plans.
Problem solving with data may require independent interpretation; and problem solving with
equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily
perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating
with diverse groups; utilizing specialized equipment for communication disorders; maintaining
confidentiality; meeting deadlines and schedules; working as part of a team; working with
detailed information/data; maintaining effective working relationships; working independently;
and maintaining confidentiality.