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Assisting Programs in Developing an Assistants' Program

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Those who attended the live session on February 7, 2024, are eligible for ASHA CEU credit.

Speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) are “support personnel who, following academic coursework, fieldwork, and on-the-job training, perform tasks prescribed, directed, and supervised by ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists” (ASHA, n.d.). The use of support personnel, including SLPAs, has been documented in the field of speech-language pathology since the 1960s. SLPAs continue to play an increasingly important role in meeting personnel needs and providing appropriate services to individuals with communication disorders.

In 2020, ASHA created a formal certification for SLPAs (the C-SLPA) which “(a) establishes a uniform standard for the knowledge and skill level expected of assistants and (b) ensures that all ASHA-certified assistants meet the same rigorous requirements” (Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, 2020). Following the implementation of this certification, it is essential for professionals in the field of speech-language pathology to familiarize themselves with the role of SLPAs.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the roles/responsibilities of an SLPA and the supervisor requirement of the SLPs.
  • Describe the education and training requirements of an SLPA at the national level and cite examples of differences at the state level.
  • Evaluate the internal and external considerations for developing an SLPA program.

Webinar Cost

CAPCSD Member $25.00
CAPCSD Affiliate Member $35.00
CAPCSD Non-Member $35.00

Time Ordered Agenda
6:00 - 6:10 PM ET SLPA Scope of Practice
6:10 - 6:20 PM ET SLPA Supervision
6:20 - 6:35 PM ET SLPA Education and Training Requirements
6:35 - 6:55 PM ET SLPA Program Development
6:55 - 7:00 PM ET Questions, Discussion, and Resources


Robert W. Serianni, M.S., CCC-SLP, FNAP

Salus University

Robert W. Serianni, M.S., CCC-SLP, FNAP, is Chair, Program Director, and Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Salus University, with a primary role of administration, in addition to teaching and clinical supervision roles. After earning a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland, Bob relocated back to his hometown of Philadelphia to practice. Bob is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education at Temple University focusing on underrepresented groups in graduate education.

Financial: Employee of Salus University
Non-Financial: None

Kimberly Cafarella, M.S., CCC-SLP
Salus University

Kimberly Cafarella, M.S., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor at Salus University, acting in the roles of Clinical Educator and Coordinator of the Post-Baccalaureate Program SLP Track. She earned her B.S.Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. Ms. Cafarella is a Spanish-bilingual SLP with clinical experience in public schools, early intervention programs, pediatric medical facilities, and university clinical settings. In her coordinator role, she has developed curriculum for the Post-Baccalaureate SLP Track, including SLPA practicum courses.

Financial: Employee of Salus University
Non-Financial: None

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