I work in CA and this is my second year with a SLPA (speech-language pathology assistant). Here they have a bachelors degree, but must also complete a SLPA program, offered at some junior colleges. To be a speech pathologist in CA you must have a master's degree. The SLPA can plan and lead therapy, but cannot test, attend IEP meetings, create or update goals, etc. The way I utilize her is that on the days that I have her with me (twice a week) I do paperwork and testing. On the days I don't have her, I see groups of students back to back all day.
There is another speech therapist in my district who double books groups on the day she has her SLPA, so she sees some groups at the same time that the SLPA sees other groups. Then this frees up some time on her other days.
It's up to you how to best use the assistant, but however they're used they are awesome!
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