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The SLP/SLPA Team Approach to School Service Delivery: Ensuring Success from the Start

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction: Why do we need SLPAs?
9:15 –10:00 The SLPA Hiring Process

10:00 – 10:30 Preparing to Supervise
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Supervision of SLPAs: Scope of Practice and Supervision Processes
11:30 – 12:05 Communication in SLPA Supervision
12:05 – 12:15 Conclusion & Questions

School speech-language pathologists (SLPs) report high paperwork demands, large caseloads, and a large volume of meetings as their most significant challenges. One potential solution to these issues is the utilization of speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) services. But how do we successfully shift from the SLP-only model to the SLP/SLPA team approach to school service delivery? This workshop provides strategies and tools for SLPs and school administrators to implement when utilizing SLPA services. Topics include strategies for the hiring process, SLPA supervision procedures and tools, and enhancing SLP/SLPA communication and collaboration. Participants will leave this workshop with tools that are ready to use to ensure a successful and rewarding experience for the SLP, the SLPA, and the students served!

Learning Outcomes

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. describe key components of hiring practices, and policies and procedures related to successful employment of SLPAs
  2. discuss factors to consider when supervising SLPAs including state requirements, ASHA guidelines, caseload characteristics, and SLP/SLPA expectations, needs, and traits
  3. identify tools and strategies to improve SLP/SLPA communication and collaboration for service delivery

About the Speaker:

Jennifer Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program Director at Mitchell Technical College. She has presented numerous workshops on SLPA supervision, ethics for SLP/SLPA teams, language disorders and treatment, and skill-based assessment. Jennifer is the author of the Skill-Based Assessment of Core Communication Skills (SACCS: K-2 and SACCS: 3-5). She has served on several ASHA committees and work groups including the Ad Hoc SLPA Scope of Practice Committee, SLPA certification program work groups, and currently serves on the Committee on Nominations & Elections. Jennifer is the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association immediate Past President.



  • Honorarium from SCSHA for this presentation
  • Salary from Mitchell Technical Institute for duties as the SLPA Program Director
  • Royalties from MedBridge & Northern Speech Services for SLPA Supervision and Language webinars

Non-Financial: Activities related to the content of this presentation

  • ASHA Ad Hoc SLPA Scope of Practice Committee member
  • ASHA SLPA Certification work group member