Speech and language therapy assistant

Speech and language therapy assistants may prepare rooms and equipment, help patients during appointments, write reports and update patient records.

This page has information on the role of a speech and language therapy assistant including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

As a speech and language therapy assistant, you'll support registered speech and language therapists.

speech and language therapy assistant and student

You will help people who have difficulties with:

You will work with adults and children with a range of conditions including:

In many cases, you'll support the patient’s carers too. Some speech and language therapy assistants use their knowledge and skills in other languages to offer a bilingual service. They speak to patients in their own language.

Who will I work with?

As well as speech and language therapists, you'll work closely with teachers and other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses and psychologists

Where will I work?

You may work in hospitals, mainstream and special schools, community clinics or patients’ own homes.

Entry requirements 

There are no set entry requirements for speech and language therapy assistants. Employers expect good numeracy and literacy and some experience or qualifications in health or social care. Employers may ask for GCSEs in English and maths. They may ask for NVQ, BTEC or an equivalent qualification in health and social care.

Employers often ask for relevant work experience. Even where this is not specified, it would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, either in paid employment or voluntary work.

Skills and personal characteristics needed 

Speech and language therapists need to:

You'll also need

Training and development

You will receive appropriate training in order do the job, including an introduction to the department and its procedures.

You may be offered the chance to study for qualifications such as:

Speech and language therapy assistants can become associate members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Specialists (RCSLT). The RCSLT runs courses, conferences and seminars where speech and language therapy assistants can update their skills and network with others doing similar work.

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