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Audiologist and Speech-Language
Pathologist Assistant

Audiologist and speech-language pathologist assistants help patients improve communication skills. As an assistant of this type, you may find yourself working with both children and adults to overcome hearing and speech disorders. Audiologist and speech-language pathologist assistants help patients understand and carry out their treatment programs and assist audiologists and speech-language pathologists improve patients’ communication skills. Audiologist and speech-language pathologist assistants are required to help during assessments. They may help preparing materials and performing clerical duties also. Audiologist and speech-language pathologist assistants may also perform hearing screening tests on newborns and preschool children, as well as other duties.

Audiologist and speech-language pathologist assistants work with the public every day, so it is important to have good communication and interpersonal skills. Employers look for individuals who can show compassion for families, especially those with a newborn or child experiencing an auditory/speech condition. It is a rewarding profession as well, as these assistants are often helping families identify and deal with hearing issues successfully.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Patience
  • Creativity and good observation skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to take direction and follow treatment programs set out by speech-language pathologists
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

audiologist And speech-language pathologist assistantS in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Performing universal hearing screening tests on newborns and preschool age children
  • Following and implementing treatment plans or protocols developed by the audiologist or speech-language pathologist
  • Providing direct treatment to patients/clients
  • Preparing materials for use in therapy, home programs, and the classroom

A typical workweek for this profession in New Brunswick is usually comprised of standard weekday hours, but you may be required to travel to various locations.

Audiologist And speech-language pathologist assistants work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Community care centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Schools

To qualify as an audiologist and speech-language pathologist assistant, completion of a college Rehabilitation Assistant program or Communicative Disorders Assistant program is required.

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