Assistants: It Takes a Nation: Part I Training and Supervising Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: North Carolina’s Model for the Future Speech-language pathology assistants have been used across America since the 1960s without benefit of national training regulations. With the establishment of the associate degree as the entry-level requirement, North Carolina has developed an exemplary associate-degree training program model to graduate effective, competent, and ethically bound speech-language pathology assistants. The ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2001
Assistants: It Takes a Nation: Part I Training and Supervising Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: North Carolina’s Model for the Future
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Linda Wortman Lowe
    Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Hudson, NC
  • Jeanne M. Mullins
    Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC
  • Jeanne MullinsColumn Editor
  • Portions of this paper were presented at the 1998 ASHA Convention (Mullins, J., Wortman Lowe, L, Kraal R., & Moore, K. [1998, November]. It takes a nation: Training and registering speech-language pathology assistants. Paper presented at the ASH A Convention, San Antonio, TX).
    Portions of this paper were presented at the 1998 ASHA Convention (Mullins, J., Wortman Lowe, L, Kraal R., & Moore, K. [1998, November]. It takes a nation: Training and registering speech-language pathology assistants. Paper presented at the ASH A Convention, San Antonio, TX).×
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Article   |   October 01, 2001
Assistants: It Takes a Nation: Part I Training and Supervising Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: North Carolina’s Model for the Future
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2001, Vol. 11, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aas11.3.5
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2001, Vol. 11, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aas11.3.5
Speech-language pathology assistants have been used across America since the 1960s without benefit of national training regulations. With the establishment of the associate degree as the entry-level requirement, North Carolina has developed an exemplary associate-degree training program model to graduate effective, competent, and ethically bound speech-language pathology assistants. The profession must work together to achieve national uniformity and cohesion in training and supervising assistants.
The use of speech-language pathology assistants nationally is a new “living document” of the developmental and ethical progress in the profession. Our foresight and vision of how to use and supervise assistants will guide our future as a profession. Assistant training programs across the nation are striving to provide students with a sound academic foundation and a solid clinical framework; however, the training institutions cannot do it in isolation.
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