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What does a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant do?

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:

  • working with clients on a one-to-one basis
  • liaising with the speech and language therapist on adjustments to a clients treatment programme
  • group therapy activities
  • preparing rooms and equipment
  • assisting/supporting clients with any personal needs, for example, mobility issues
  • administrative tasks.

What's the working environment like working as a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant?

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.

What does it take to become a Speech & Language Therapy Assistant?

As a speech and language therapy assistant, you should:

  • have a caring and understanding approach
  • have an interest in communication disorders
  • be able to work with people of all ages
  • have a mature attitude to your work
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Speech & Language Therapy Assistant Career Opportunities

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.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Speech & Language Therapy Assistant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

NHS Learning and Development Service
Tel: 08000 150 850
Email: learning@nhscareers.nhs.uk

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
2 White Hart Yard
London
SE1 1NX
020 7378 1200
www.rcslt.org

NHS Careers
PO Box 376
Bristol
BS99 3EY
Tel: 0845 606 0655
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk

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