Appropriate Supervision of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: Current Directions and New Horizons The use of speech-language pathology assistants continues to be a contentious issue for the field. With the recent Medicare reimbursement plan, professional perspectives are even more divided. Some speech-language pathologists consider the use of lower-cost support personnel to be the only viable way of surviving in the marketplace. Others ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 1999
Appropriate Supervision of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: Current Directions and New Horizons
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  • Diane Paul-Brown
    Professional Practices in Speech-Language Pathology: Clinical Issues, ASHA
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Article   |   April 01, 1999
Appropriate Supervision of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: Current Directions and New Horizons
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, April 1999, Vol. 9, 18-19. doi:10.1044/aas9.1.18
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, April 1999, Vol. 9, 18-19. doi:10.1044/aas9.1.18
The use of speech-language pathology assistants continues to be a contentious issue for the field. With the recent Medicare reimbursement plan, professional perspectives are even more divided. Some speech-language pathologists consider the use of lower-cost support personnel to be the only viable way of surviving in the marketplace. Others fear that speech-language pathology assistants will take the few remaining jobs in certain health care arenas. Even those most diametrically opposed, however, agree on one issue: If speech-language pathology assistants are hired, they must be appropriately supervised. In fact, ASHA’s Code of Ethics requires certificate holders to provide “appropriate supervision” (1994, p. 2).
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