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ASSISTANTS: BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE AT WORK

As a certified audiology assistant or speech-language pathology assistant, you’ll be confident you have the skills to get the job done. Use that confidence to speak up for yourself at work and be your own advocate.

Show your value—become an ASHA-certified assistant (starting in 2020). To learn more, fill out the form below.

MAKE A LIST OF YOUR SKILLS AND GOALS

Here's a simple technique: Take a sheet of paper and make three columns. One column should be "Things I Do Well," the second should be "Things I Like to Do," and the third should be "Things I Would Like to Learn." If you get stuck, ask a colleague or friend to give you an honest assessment.

REVIEW YOUR JOB AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

Do you have a job description? Does your state have licensure or registration requirements? Do you know what the ASHA Associates Center says regarding training, qualifications, and scope of practice for support personnel? Review these resources and compare them to the inventory you just created.

PARTNER WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR

Talk to your supervisor about creating a professional development plan, or ask for advice on how to best improve in some of your noted growth areas. Explain that you not only want to be a better assistant, but that you also want to deliver the highest quality of care that you can for the client.

SEARCH FOR ADVOCACY TRAINING ONLINE

There are free resources to help with everything from speaking more professionally, to how to ask for a raise, to how to build your confidence.

GET A COACH

Having someone help you create a plan—and stick to it—can help you progress faster. Team up with a partner (a co-worker or a friend), and set up regular sessions to track your progress and stay motivated.

GET MORE INFORMATION

We're glad you're interested in ASHA's assistants certification program. We'd love to learn more about you. We'll be in touch with more information and resources to help you prepare for certification.

About Us

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

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The ASHA Action Center welcomes questions and requests for information from members and non-members.

Available 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET
Monday–Friday

Email the Action Center
Members: 800-498-2071
Non-Member: 800-638-8255
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