This certificate prepares students to assist Speech-Language Pathologists in treating disorders of communication for children between the ages of birth-3 years of age. Such disorders may be related to language, oral motor movements, and hearing. Topics include infant and toddler development, children with special needs, Early Intervention therapy techniques, childhood language development, and fieldwork experience.
Successful completion of the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program qualifies the student to earn an Associate in Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The SLPA graduate possesses the course work and field work experience to apply to the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (SLPAHADB) for registration as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) in the State of California.
The registered SLPA may work in both private and public agencies, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and the public schools serving infants through adult-age clients.
This certificate will indicate specialized learning opportunities for addressing the communicative needs of the Early Intervention (EI) population.
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
The majority of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) work with pediatric clientele. This program addresses a newer population that has recently been added to populations served by the SLPA. This pediatric certificate was reviewed by the SLPA Department and encouraged by the SLPA Advisory Board and was determined that it will give the graduates/completers of the SLPA Program an edge in employability and marketability. It will create additional educational opportunities to learn and practice therapeutic techniques for the Early Intervention (EI) population - in home, community, and clinical environments.
(Y1 or S1)
|ECE 330||Infant and Toddler Development||3|
|ECE 404||Children with Special Needs||3|
|SLPA 105||Articulation and Phonology for the SLPA||3|
|S:PA 110||Professional Issues and Practices in Speech-Language Pathology||3|
|SLPA 115||Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinical Strategies||3|
|SLPA 118||SLPA Therapy Techniques: Early Intervention||1.5|
|SLPA 120||Clinical Considerations in Service Delivery to Clients with Communication Disorders||3|
|SLPA 121||Fieldwork Experience in Speech-Language Pathology||4|
|SLPA 127||Childhood Language Development ||3|
|SLPA 300||Introduction to Communication Disorders||3|