Assistants: Modifications to ASHA Criteria for SLP Assistants: The Good News and The Bad News In October of 2000, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) approved the new Criteria for Approval of Associate Degree Technical Training Programs for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (ASHA, 2000). These criteria will become effective January 1, 2002. Whereas the criteria apply to those associate degree ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2001
Assistants: Modifications to ASHA Criteria for SLP Assistants: The Good News and The Bad News
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Assistants
Article   |   June 01, 2001
Assistants: Modifications to ASHA Criteria for SLP Assistants: The Good News and The Bad News
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2001, Vol. 11, 3-4. doi:10.1044/aas11.2.3
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2001, Vol. 11, 3-4. doi:10.1044/aas11.2.3
In October of 2000, the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) approved the new Criteria for Approval of Associate Degree Technical Training Programs for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (ASHA, 2000). These criteria will become effective January 1, 2002. Whereas the criteria apply to those associate degree technical training programs that voluntarily apply for ASHA approval, the 1996  Guidelines for the Training, Credentialing, Use and Supervision of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (ASHA, 1996) are still applicable for supervision of speech-language pathology assistants. Additionally, the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) approved the Background Information and Criteria for Registration of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. However, the new training program guidelines made it difficult and sometimes impossible for some existing programs to meet state, national, and community college standards simultaneously. Both the CFCC and the CAA recognized that perhaps a more equitable plan could be developed that would not jeopardize accreditation standings at state, national and community college levels.
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