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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

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Speech-language pathology assistants usually have one to two years of experience and receive one to two years of on-the-job training. They work under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist. The job requires strong English language skills in order to communicate clearly with clients. This is essential in explaining test procedures, results, and treatment plans in ways that clients and their families can understand. It is also essential that assistants enjoy working with people, from clients to other health care professionals. Assistants must have patience and compassion; some clients' progress may be slow and assistants must provide support and encouragement during these times. In addition to knowledge of customer and personal service standards, assistants must have strong technology skills and be well versed in various software programs for speech-language pathology and health care records and reporting.

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