Attention Support Personnel Applicants
A Speech-Language Pathologist must meet the following qualifications to supervise speech-language pathology support personnel:
1. hold a current license as a Speech-Language Pathologist issued by the board;
2. hold ONE of the following:
A.) a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); or
B.) a life license issued by the Indiana Department of Education (applies if all course work and all experience required to receive a life license was obtained before September 1, 1990).
The registration of SLP Support Personnel has changed to the following three-tiered system, based on level of education:
1. 24 credit hours in technical content course work related speech-language pathology. The core technical skills must include the following:
Instruction about normal processes of communication. Instruction targeting the practices and methods of service delivery that are specific to SLP associates. Instruction regarding the treatment of communication disorders. Instruction targeting the following workplace behavior and skills:
- Working with clients or patients in a supportive manner,
- Following supervisor’s instructions.
- Maintaining confidentially
- Communicating with oral and written forms.
- Following established health and safety precautions.
2. Clinical observation
3. A minimum of one hundred (100) clock hours of supervised field experience.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
SLP Assistants are also required to obtain the following amount of clinical experience:
Of the 100 hours, seventy-five (75) hours must be obtained with direct face-to-face patient/client contact in the following categories:
- Speech disorders.
- Language disorders.
- Hearing disorders.
It is imperative that the licensed speech-language pathologist, who will be supervising the aide, is familiar with the new requirements regarding supervision of different types of support personnel listed above.