Registration Process

In Arkansas, a registration process is used to recognize and approve the use of speech-language pathology support personnel in all settings. Individuals who wish to work as a speech-language pathology assistant or aide must register with his/her supervising speech-language pathologist with the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) or the Arkansas Dept. of Education (ADE). The setting where the support personnel will be used dictates which agency the individuals register with:

  • SLPs, SLP-Assistants and SLP-Aides working exclusively in school districts and public early childhood programs register with the Arkansas Department of Education
  • SLPs and SLP-Assistants working in private practice settings or DDS Centers register with ABESPA
  • SLPs and SLP-Assistants working in multiple sites including both private practice and school districts/early childhood programs must register with ABESPA but also submit a proposal to the ADE.


Guidelines for Preparation of Proposals for Use of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants/Aides in Public Agencies Providing Educational Services Part III of Eligibility Criteria and Program Guidelines

School Districts/Early Childhood Programs register personnel with the Arkansas Department of Education by submitting proposals to Sharon Ross, Coordinator of the SLP Support Personnel Program.

Registering an SLP-Assistant with ABESPA

Individuals working in multiple settings or private practice register with ABESPA by completing application forms located at the ABESPA website.