The main focus of Speech Impairment Assistant is to work directly with children in order to improve their speech. Some Speech Impairment Assistants may also provide care similar to that of a Nanny, while having special training in speech therapy. Others may come to the home periodically, providing only speech therapy services. A Nanny specializing in Speech Therapy may transport the children to various specialist appointments, while working with them at home to correct speech patterns through games and other activities.
We are able to aid in the placement of a Speech Impairment Assistant who has certifications that may include, but are not limited to, to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), BLS (Basic Life Support), CPR, First-Aid certification, degree in special education, social work, psychology or child and family development.
While the exact responsibilities are to be determined by you and your Speech Impairment Assistant they may include some combination of the following:
- In home Nannies providing speech therapy assistance will provide child care and other duties that are typically performed by a Nanny.
- Communicating with their charge to evaluate the level of speech or language difficulty
- Identify treatment options and carry out an individualized plan
- Teach their charge how to make sounds and improve their voices
- Transport children to therapy appointments
- Teach alternative communication methods such as sign language as needed
- Provide support to the family in coping with communication disorders
- Work with their charge to increase their ability to read and write correctly