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Certificate of Speech Pathology Assistance


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If job satisfaction in a helping profession appeals, forging a successful career as allied health assistant in speech pathology might be for you. Speech pathology involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to speech, language and fluency.

The Certificate of Speech Pathology Assistance is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake support work under the supervision of a qualified speech pathologist.

In this online speech pathology course, you will learn how to help clients overcome speech impediments and swallowing difficulties caused by conditions such as stuttering, autism, cleft palate, Down syndrome and stroke.

You will also learn how to assist speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders, implement speech and language programs or activities and monitor the use of alternative communication devices and systems.

On completion of this course, you will feel confident to seek entry-level roles in speech pathology including, rehabilitation assistant, therapy assistant and support worker.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Support the Development of Speech and Communication Skills

  • Introduction to speech pathology
  • Speech pathology programs
  • Speech and communication skills
  • Speech and language processes
  • Speech across the lifespan
  • Speech anatomy
  • Articulatory system
  • Expressive and receptive language
  • Reading and writing
  • Pragmatics
  • Fluency
  • Voice
  • Cognitive skills
  • Speech disorders
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Developmental delays
  • Acquired injury and disease
  • Degenerative disease
  • Duty of care
  • Informed consent
  • Client communication
  • Speech pathology equipment
  • Speech pathology resources
  • Therapeutic outcomes
  • Speech therapy plan
  • Motivators and techniques
  • Motivating through stimulation
  • Developing client skills
  • Adverse reactions
  • Case studies
  • Developing speech therapy materials
  • Supervisory requirements
  • Documenting client information
  • Using appropriate terminology

Unit 2 - Provide Support in Dysphagia Management

  • Dysphagia treatment
  • Safe swallowing and eating
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • Delivering dysphagia programs
  • Client communication
  • Mealtime assistance
  • Positioning and strategies
  • Anatomy
  • Swallowing physiology
  • Texture modified foods and fluids
  • Assessment of dysphagia
  • Requirements and techniques
  • Supplementary treatment programs
  • Adverse reactions and events
  • Risk management framework
  • Positive progress
  • Client difficulties
  • Managing dysphagia
  • Supervisory requirements
  • Documenting client information

Unit 3 - Assist and support the use of communication systems

  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Client requirements
  • Communication goals
  • Communication systems
  • Selecting speech pathology resources
  • Types of therapy
  • Strategies and devices
  • Colour coding
  • Vocabulary choice
  • Facilitated communication
  • Choosing symbols
  • Congenital and developmental conditions
  • Acquired conditions
  • Augmentative communication systems
  • Alternative communication systems
  • Communication skills
  • Modes of communication
  • Linguistic and aural modes
  • Visual modes
  • Paralinguistics (gestural mode)
  • Supervisory requirements
  • Documenting client information


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Support Worker
  • Best value option
  • Includes 12 months access


  • $150 deposit
  • $30/week
  • No credit checks required