Communication health assistants are specifically trained to provide clinical services under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist (S-LP) or audiologist. They work in a variety of settings and with people of all ages with communication, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders.
Communication health assistants working with S-LPs:
- Administer screening protocols
- Provide therapy under the supervision of an S-LP
- Program and creating augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) resources
- Prepare materials for use in assessment, therapy, home programs and classrooms
Communication health assistants working with audiologists:
- Provide support with audiologic rehabilitation
- Assist with audiologic screenings and tests
- Provide maintenance for hearing aids and assistive listening devices
- Educate patients and clients regarding ear protection and prevention of noise induced hearing loss
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) has developed several resources about the important role of communication health assistants in providing speech-language pathology and audiology services.