Speech and language therapists are supported in their work by assistant practitioners and other support workers. They are employed to act in a supporting role and under the direction of a qualified SLT.
These support workers may undertake a variety of tasks, including:
- supporting clients to develop communication skills
- developing, preparing and maintaining therapeutic materials
- working with clients on a one-to-one basis, with regular monitoring and therapy programme adjustment by an SLT
- supporting and facilitating group therapy activities
- preparing and restoring environments for speech and language therapy
- clerical and administrative tasks
The employing speech and language therapy service and its client groups will determine the roles and responsibilities of SLT supporters.
SLT supporters may be expected to work with children, elderly people, adults and people with learning disabilities. They may work with a variety of client groups, under the supervision of a speech and language therapist.
Becoming an SLT assistant/support worker
- Associate RCSLT membership
- Frequently asked questions about support workers
- Joint Statement on Foundation Degrees for support workers
- Learning and development opportunities for SLT support workers
- National/Scottish Vocational Qualification (N/SVQ) in Allied Health Profession Support: A Guide for Support Workers, Speech and Language Therapists and Managers
- Competencies project: support practitioner framework August 2002