Assistance on Assistants: ASHA’s Registration Program for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants ASHA is pleased to announce the impending arrival of a national registration program for speech-language pathology assistants. This voluntary registration program, the first of its kind for ASHA and the only national credentialing program for speech-language pathology assistants, will be implemented in January 2003. The Background Information and Criteria ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Assistance on Assistants: ASHA’s Registration Program for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
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  • Kelly Appler
    Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program, ASHA
  • Jeanne MullinsColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / ASHA News & Member Stories / Assistants
Article   |   October 01, 2002
Assistance on Assistants: ASHA’s Registration Program for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2002, Vol. 12, 12. doi:10.1044/aas12.3.12
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2002, Vol. 12, 12. doi:10.1044/aas12.3.12
ASHA is pleased to announce the impending arrival of a national registration program for speech-language pathology assistants. This voluntary registration program, the first of its kind for ASHA and the only national credentialing program for speech-language pathology assistants, will be implemented in January 2003. The Background Information and Criteria for Registration of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants document (ASHA, 2002) details the job responsibilities of an assistant, activities outside of the job responsibilities, and the three criteria for ASHA registration as an assistant. One criterion for ASHA registration requires an associate degree in speech-language pathology asistance from an ASHA-approved technical training program. This year, ASHA kicked off the recognition process for technical training programs for assistants, which consists of an extensive paper application review and, if the training program meets ASHA criteria, culminates in the awarding of ASHA approval. The Criteria and Implementation for Approval of Associate Degree Technical Training Programs for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants document (ASHA, 2002) details the seven criteria that associate degree training programs must meet in order to be approved by ASHA. The implementation language for the registration criteria is in development by the Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) of ASHA. At this time, there are no plans by the CFCC for any type of “grandfather” mechanism for those individuals working as assistants with an undergraduate degree. Procedures and application forms for the registration program are currently in development and will be available later this fall. Procedures, application forms, and an instructional guide for the training program approval process are available on request. For separate ASHA Convention sessions detailing both programs, come to Atlanta.
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