Our Wonderful Therapy Assistants!
We are thrilled to be able to provide Therapy Assistants as an alternate and additional means of service delivery. At NSPOT, our Therapy Assistants work in collaboration with qualified Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists to implement a tailored treatment plan that has been established by an experienced therapist, to support your child to work towards their goals. They are required to adhere to the detailed treatment plans, to carefully document your child’s progress and to report back to their senior clinician.
Tasks of Therapy Assistants
Therapy Assistants perform tasks that have been delegated by Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. These include:
- Provide a valuable adjunct to the delivery of services by qualified Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists.
- Assist in the provision of one on one therapy sessions to your child once an experienced therapist has assessed your child and devised a suitable program.
- Assist in the running of speech and occupational therapy groups.
- Assisting in the implementation of screening assessments.
- Assist in using excess funding by providing extra sessions of speech and occupational therapy.
The sessions provided by the Therapy Assistants can be spaced to occur between sessions with experienced therapists, or they can occur as a block of sessions followed by a review assessment.
Our Therapy Assistants are busy behind the scenes! Some tasks that they work on include:
- Creation of resources for clients, as instructed by experienced therapists.
- Checking of speech and OT equipment.
- Preparation of therapy rooms for upcoming sessions.
- They are our in house photographers and capture the spirit if our clinic for our social media posts!
About NSPOT Therapy Assistants
- They are 3rd or 4th year Speech or Occupational Therapy University Students
- They are so passionate about getting a start in their career that they have commenced at this earlier career entry level.
- They will engage in a comprehensive onboarding program and will be provided training, support and supervision from our team of experienced Speech and Occupational Therapists
- They resonate with the values and culture that exists at NSPOT.
- They have a Working With Children Check.
- They are covered by our Workcover and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
What is the difference between a Speech and Occupational Therapist and a Therapy Assistant?
Speech and Occupational Therapists are university trained professionals that have achieved specific high level skills in their discipline area.
They are responsible for assessing, identifying, diagnosing, making recommendations, treating and supporting people with communication and / or participation disorders, developmental disorders, and other disabilities.
Therapy Assistants are 3rd or 4th year Speech or Occupational Therapy University Students. At NSPOT, we employ amazing future speechies and OT’s as our therapy assistants. They are so passionate about their career that they have joined our team to get an early start in their career!