Here are some important links to gather information about becoming a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA):

University of Vermont's Online SLPA Program

American Speech/Language/Hearing Association

SLP-A Program Director

During my 30 year career as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) there has always been a world-wide shortage of SLPs. Within recent years, in an effort to extend services provided by SLPs, there has been an emphasis placed on developing well-trainined assistants for speech-language pathologists (SLPAs) as in the disciplines of occupational and physical therapies. The SLPA program is fully insync with the guidelines established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Through fully online distance learning opportunities offered by the University of Vermont, I direct the SLPA training program. This program is presented asynchronously so that students may access at their leisure during the week. Blackboard is the mode of operation.

I am adjunct lecturer for three of the courses: Development of Spoken Language, Working with Speech Disorders, and Working with Language Disorders. Starting in January, I advise students during their 17 months in the program and guide to find appropriate supervising speech-language pathologists in their local community. Students from Texas, Colorado, Illinois, New Hampshire, Michigan, Massachusetts and Virginia have joined students from Vermont in this distance learning opportunity.

The course sequence inlcudes:    

  • Introduction to Disordered Communication
  • Introduction to Phonetics
  • Development of Spoken Language
  • Linguistics for Clinicians
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Working with Speech Disorders
  • Working with Language Disorders

During the final two semesters (fall and spring) students complete 100 hours of practical experience within a school setting while concurrently completing two final courses. The practicum experience is under the supervision of an ASHA certified or state licensed speech-language pathologist in the student's local community.