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1 West Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Programs TRAINING MODULE SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANTS (SLPA) Roles and ResponsibilitiesResourcesWest Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Programs
2 SLPA Training ModuleNewly hired SLPAs are required to preview this module and document on supervision plan.Designed to provide information for speech assistants working in the schools under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist (SLP).Content focuses on:Procedural aspects of becoming a speech assistantProcess of working with the supervising SLP.Does NOT focus on specific content skills.Skill training must be addressed through other professional development activities.Resources are provided as links within the module.Documents, websites, and forms
3 West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Definition: Speech Assistants Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA) - individuals who may provide services to students with communication disorders under the guidance and direction of a certified SLP.SLPAs may assist the supervising SLP with record keeping, generalization of learned skills to multiple settings, implementation of assistive technology devices/services, services for diverse and underserved populations, and other responsibilities (WVDE, 2004)
4 WVDE GuidelinesWVDE published Guidelines for the Use of Speech Assistants in West Virginia Public SchoolsProvides direction to school districtsOutlines roles/responsibilities of SLPA and supervising SLPInformation from the document is included in the module.American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) resources were incorporated into guidelines.To access the document, click on the following link:
5 ASHA DEFINITION AND REFERENCES Support Personnel Definition: Support personnel: people who, following academic and/or on-the-job training, perform tasks as prescribed, directed, and supervised by certified speech-language pathologists. There are different levels of support personnel based on training and scope of responsibilities.ASHA ReferencesSpeech-Language Pathology Assistant Scope of Practice (2013)SLPA Frequently Asked Questions
6 Criteria: Speech Assistant Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology or communication disorders from an accredited institution;Be employed by a local West Virginia board of education;Receive the recommendation of the district superintendent verifying that the applicant is the most qualified candidate for the position and that no fully certified speech-language pathologist has applied for the available position; andComplete Form 38 & Form 38A and submit them to the Office of Personnel Preparation , WVDE
7 WVDE Application Forms FORM 38 “Temporary Authorization for Speech Assistant” & Form 38A, “Supplement to Form 38” are contained in one document must be completed and submitted to the WVDE, Office of Personnel PreparationContact WVDE Office of Professional Preparation for questions :Scottie Ford,Sherri Hudnall
8 Supervision Requirements Speech Assistant “It is the responsibility of the supervising SLP and the special education director to collaboratively design and implement a supervision system that maintains the highest possible standard of quality.” (WVDE Guidelines p. 8)Supervision Plan MUST be completed and submitted annually for approval to:Kathy KnightonOffice of Special ProgramsWest Virginia Department of EducationWVDE, 2005
10 The Supervision PlanThe supervising SLP and special education director collaboratively design and implement a supervision system.The amount and type of supervision required should be based on the skills and experience of the speech assistant.The supervisory responsibilities should be mutually agreed on by the supervising SLP and special education director.(WVDE Guidelines p.11)
11 Personnel Requirements for Supervising SLP WVDE Guidelines specify:Supervising SLP must hold a master’s degreeSupervising SLP must be certified through WVDESupervising SLP must have practiced speechlanguage pathology for at least two (2) years following certification.WVDE, 2005
12 Responsibilities of SLP Supervisor The amount of supervision depends on the complexity of the case and on the experience and expertise of the speech assistant.Specific responsibilities of the supervising SLP are listed in the Guidelines document.
13 Responsibilities of Supervising SLP 1. Inform families2. Represent team3. Determine caseload4. Communicate with families5. Diagnosis & evaluation6. IEP review7. Delegate tasks to assistant8. Develop/ Review IEP9. Interactions w/ other professionals10. Review & sign progress notes11. Coordinate assistant training12. Provide & document supervision13. Ensure practice is within scope of responsibility14. Performance appraisal of assistant.
14 Speech Assistant Roles and Responsibilities According to WVDE Guidelines: “ Tasks executed by speech assistants must be within their scope of responsibilities and include only those tasks they have the expertise and training to perform.”WVDE, 2005
15 Speech Assistant Roles and Responsibilities Conduct speech-language screenings (withoutinterpretation) following specified screening protocols selected by the supervising SLP.Assist the supervising SLP during assessment of students, as directed.Provide direct therapy to identified students.Follow goals and objectives identified on the IEP and plans developed by the supervising SLP..WVDE, 2005
16 Speech Assistant Roles and Responsibilities Document student progress toward meeting established goals and objectives as stated in the IEP and report this information to the supervising SLP.Assist in the implementation of assistive technology devices and services as deemed appropriate by the SLP.Assist with informal documentation (notes, tallying, etc.).Perform checks and maintenance of equipment..WVDE, 2005
17 Speech Assistant Roles and Responsibilities Participate with the SLP in research projects, staff development and public relations programs, as deemed appropriate by the SLP.Assist with other clerical duties as assigned by your supervising SLP.Schedule activities, prepare charts, records, graphs, or otherwise display data.
18 Speech Assistant Tasks Outside Scope of Responsibilities A Speech Assistant….May NOT perform standardized or non-standardized diagnostic tests, formal or informal evaluations, or interpret test results.May NOT participate in parent conferences or any team meeting not designated by your supervising SLP...
19 Speech Assistant Tasks Outside Scope of Responsibilities A Speech Assistant…May NOT Assist with student’s therapy without following the IEP prepared by the supervising SLP or without access to supervision.May NOT sign any formal documents without approval of the supervising SLP..
20 Speech Assistant Tasks Outside Scope of Responsibilities A Speech Assistant…..May NOT write, develop, or modify a student’s IEP.May NOT make referrals for additional services.May NOT disclose confidential information either orally or in writing to anyone not specifically designated by the supervising SLP..
21 Speech Assistant Tasks Outside Scope of Responsibilities A Speech Assistant …May NOT select students for services or dismiss a student from services.May NOT communicate with the student, family, or others regarding any aspect of a student’s status or service without the specific consent of the supervising SLP.May NOT represent yourself as a speech-language pathologist..
22 SLPA Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities Clearly define & communicate the job activities and tasks that are within the specified scope of responsibilities for a speech-language pathology assistant.Counsel and coach SLPAs on improved performance as needed.Provide job-related instruction including planning and organizing the work to be delegated to the SLPA.
23 SLPA Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities Evaluate the performance of the SLPAProvide ongoing feedbackDiscuss standards to define acceptable clinical performanceProvide constructive feedback regarding clinical performanceRoutinely document observations and feedback regarding clinical performance.
24 Communicating with Your Supervising SLP Clarify a schedule for meeting with your supervisor.timeplacefrequencyClarify how you will address your supervisor.by title? by name?will this differ after school hours?will this differ when children are not present?
25 Communicating with the Supervising SLP Ask questions rather than make assumptionsDiscuss and clarify expectations- Be explicit with regards to expectations of your performance.- Be explicit with regards to specific tasks.Ask for clarification regarding any process or procedural matters of which you are unsure.
26 Communicating with Your Supervising SLP Determine the organization for meetings with your supervisorprepare a list of questionstake notes & review after the meetingsstay on trackinitiate questions about issues of concern if your supervisor does not bring them up
27 SLPA FORMS These forms are to be used by the LEA and SLPA to document the services provided. There is no requirement to submit to the WVDE.Session Documentation FormUse to document goals, materials, activities, evaluation and comments about sessions with studentsSLPA Self-Evaluation FormUse to evaluate your clinical performance during direct therapy sessions with studentsSupervising SLP Evaluation FormUse this to evaluate your supervisor and his/her clinical interactions with you
28 Supervising SLP FORMS These forms are to be used by the LEA and supervising SLP to document the services provided. There is no requirement to submit to the WVDE.WVDE Direct Observation FormUse to record direct observation suggestions and follow-upSupervision Log Direct / IndirectUse to record direct and indirect supervisionWVDE Summary Observation LogDocument number of sessions provided and percentage of sessions supervisedWVDE, 2005
29 Professional Development Professional development activities may include:Successful completion of a semester course (3 credits) in an area related to the field of communication disordersSuccessful completion semester course (3 credits) that is required for the completion of a masters degree in communication disorders
30 Professional Development Professional development activities may include:3. Attendance at state or national conferences in communication disorders 4. Professional Development activities designated by the WVDE, Office of Special EducationTalk with your Supervising SLP about appropriate professional development activities
31 Renewing Your Authorization as a Speech Assistant The authorization is valid for one (1) school year and expires on June 30th of each year.To renew the authorization, you must complete professional development activities and receive the recommendation of the district superintendent verifying that no fully certified speech-language pathologist has applied for the available position.
32 Verification Report Speech Assistant Authorization A Verification Report documenting the speech therapy services delivered and supervision of the speech assistant must be completed by SLPA, supervising SLP and Special Education director.The report must be submitted to the Office of Special Programs to June 1WVDE, 2005
33 SLPA CHECK-LISTCOMPLETE APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION – FORM 38SUBMIT TO WVDE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL PREPARATIONCOMPLETE SUPERVISION PLANCOMPLETE TRAINING MODULESSUBMIT SUPERVISION PLAN TO OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROGRMSCOMPLETE VERIFICATION REPORT PRIOR TO JUNESUBMIT TO WVDE/OSEWVDE, 2005
34 QuestionsContact InformationOffice of Special ProgramsKathy KnightonKathy HudnallOffice of Personnel PreparationScotty FordSherry HudnallWVDE, 2005
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