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Who Can Supervise an SLPA?

Jennifer Ostergren, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

August 25, 2014

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Can a non certified ASHA member supervise an SLPA?

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In my state of California the licensing laws state either an ASHA-certified SLP or an individual with state licensure as an SLP can supervise and SLPA.  ASHA, of course, recommends an ASHA-certified SLP.  It is best to review the documents from your licensure standards in your state.  Most likely the state will say a licensed or credentialed SLP is required to supervise an SLPA, not just an ASHA-certified SLP.  Look to your professional documents in your state.

Dr. Jennifer Ostergren is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Her areas of specialization include neurologic language and cognitive disorders, and professional practice issues. She has published and presented in the areas of supervision and the training and use of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), including a recently published book on the topic of SLPAs, titled “Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: A resource manual.” 


jennifer ostergren

Jennifer Ostergren, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Jennifer Ostergren is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Her areas of specialization include neurologic language and cognitive disorders, and professional practice issues. She has published and presented in the areas of supervision and the training and use of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), including a recently published book on the topic of SLPAs, titled “Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: A resource manual.”  She currently 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). Dr. Ostergren is the recipient of the 2012 NSSHLA Editor’s Choice Award for two articles published on the topic of SLPAs and a Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership award for curriculum development in the area of ethics and SLPAs.  For the past several years, she has taught courses for Bachelor’s level students interested in obtaining registration as an SLPA in the state of California.


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