Speech-Language Pathology Assistant  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. Implements speech and language programs or activities as planned and directed by speech-language pathologists. Monitors the use of alternative communication devices and systems.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Support Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Implements treatment plans or protocols as directed by speech-language pathologists.
  • Documents clients' progress toward meeting established treatment objectives.
  • Assists speech-language pathologists in the remediation or development of speech and language skills.
  • Performs support duties such as preparing materials, keeping records, maintaining supplies, and scheduling activities.
  • Collects and compiles data to document clients' performance or assesses program quality.
  • Selects or prepares speech-language instructional materials.
  • Assists speech-language pathologists in the conduct of client screenings or assessments of language, voice, fluency, articulation, or hearing.
  • Tests or maintains equipment to ensure correct performance.
  • Conducts in-service training sessions, or family and community education programs.
  • Prepares charts, graphs, or other visual displays to communicate clients' performance information.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

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