How to Become a Speech Therapist Assistant

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A speech therapist assistant performs tasks asked of a certified speech therapist. Anything from paperwork to interacting with patients is expected. To become a speech therapist assistant, or a speech-language pathology assistant, takes a lot of hard work.

  • Determine your skills and personality. A speech therapist and her assistant must be many things: communicative, sincere, knowledgeable, flexible, etc. They also need a logical mind that will allow them to accommodate each individual's needs.

  • Check the state requirements. The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) has the information you should need for your state requirements.

  • Choose a school and apply. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, an associate's degree is a requirement. Some people will want to further their education for a better career in the future. On-the-job training will also teach assistants more of what they should know.

  • Find an internship or volunteer. An internship is a great way to determine if the career you choose is something you actually want to do. Great places to look for speech therapy internships are elementary schools and other places with special needs children. Also, you can improve your resume by volunteering.

  • Graduate and keep in contact with your professors. If your professors still have a foot in the industry, they can help you find jobs. Networking is important.

  • Create your resume and start sending it out. Also, don't be afraid to go in person to meet with a speech therapist you want to work for.

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