Speech and language therapy assistants work in a supporting role with registered speech and language therapists. Most assistants work for the NHS, education services and charities. They are normally part of a team and may work with a variety of client groups including: children; adults with physical disabilities, mental health problems, or learning difficulties; people recovering from medical conditions such as a stroke; and the elderly.
The role of an assistant includes:
Speech and language therapy assistants usually work 37.5 hours a week. Part-time work and job sharing may be available.
Speech and language therapy assistants work within hospitals, community health centres, assessment units, and mainstream and special schools.
Some travel may also be required if working at a number of different centres.
As a speech and language therapy assistant, you should:
Most speech and language therapy assistants work in the NHS and there is usually strong competition for jobs. Experience and qualifications gained as an assistant will be valuable when seeking a place on a Speech Therapy degree, or a two-year postgraduate Master's programme for those who already have a degree in another subject. For details on becoming a qualified therapist, please check the speech and language therapist job profile.
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