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Course # 5483
Training Bachelor’s Level Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: Lessons Learned

Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm EDT

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Course Abstract

ASHA recently initiated an affiliation program for support personnel in speech-language pathology and audiology, citing as the need for this program, inconsistencies nationally in terms support personnel use and training. This course will provide an overview of current training policies relative to speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), including ASHA’s policies and resources on the topic. The presenter will describe a clinical practicum course offered in California for individuals pursuing SLPA registration with a Bachelor’s in Communicative Disorders, including important lessons learned from this course and the results of two recent studies conducted on the topic.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe current ASHA policies relative to the training of speech-language pathology assistants(SLPAs).
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe ASHA’s recently adopted affiliation program for support personnel in speech-language pathology and audiology.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list 2-3 examples of inconsistencies between ASHA standards and those evident in various state licensing requirements.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe key components of a clinical practicum course.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-10 Minutes Overview of CA licensure requirements and relevant demographics, including results of a recent study conducted on California SLPAs in terms of employment, training, and supervision trends
10-15 Minutes Overview of ASHA’s relevant policies and resources
15-20 Minutes Description of ASHA’s recently adopted affiliation program for support personnel in speech-language pathology and audiology
20-40 Minutes Description of a SLPA clinical practicum course developed for Bachelor’s level students, including the results of a study on course outcomes and training recommendations
40-55 Minutes Suggestions for future directions in SLPA training
55-55 Minutes Questions and answers

Average Rating

(20 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Review by: Brian on September 20, 2012
For those unfamiliar with the practice of utilizing SLPA's, the initial emphasis on their role and responsibilities was very helpful. It would be helpful to know the content of their education, particularly at the associates level.
Review by: Minnie S. on September 14, 2012
Speaker knowledge of and experience with topic. Clear PowerPoint. Highly structured presentation--told us what she was going to cover, covered it, and summarized! Terrific!
Review by: Loretta on September 13, 2012
very clear concise presentation of the topic
Review by: Louise on September 13, 2012
Course presenter really held my interest.
Review by: SALLY on September 13, 2012
Very clearly presented. The speaker was articulate and kept my interest even though this course does not really apply to me. As well, the exam was not nebulous and confusing, which I have found to be true for some presenters in the past.
Review by: Rebecca on September 13, 2012
Great speaker, extremely knowledgeable on the topic at hand.
Review by: Sandra on September 13, 2012
new information, i didnt know there was a difference in an assistant and an aide. Good to know asha's position on them and how to use them.
Review by: Michelle on September 13, 2012
Good information. Test questions were covered during the lecture.
Review by: amy on September 13, 2012
clear, informative and well presented.

Course Information

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Course Presenter

jennifer ostergren

Jennifer Ostergren, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Jennifer Ostergren has more than 16 years of experience in service provision to individuals with neurologic speech, language and cognitive disorders, including disorders related to traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, and progressive neurologic disorders.  Dr. Ostergren is an ASHA certified, Veteran’s Affair (VA) trained speech-language pathologist (SLP).  She has worked in settings devoted solely to the rehabilitation of individuals following TBI, within both inpatient and outpatient settings. As an Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses and clinics specifically on the topic of TBI, including the development of graduate curriculum to target this important topic in the training of future SLPs. She is the recipient of the 2014 CSULB Early Academic Career Excellence Award for outstanding accomplishments in the areas of research, scholarship, and teaching.  She has published and presented nationally on the topic of TBI and is currently writing a textbook on this topic for Plural Publishing. Dr. Ostergren is also the Co-PI of a multidisciplinary research project on the topic of brain injury, mental health, and at risk social behaviors.  Dr. Ostergren’s research interests also include professional practice issues in speech-language pathology, including the supervision and training of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs).  She is the author of a textbook on this topic and has published and presented nationally in this area as well.  Dr. Ostergren also serves on the Coordinating Committee for the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group 11 (Supervision and Administration) and is a Site Visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).


Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


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