Speech-Language Pathologists on the RASP

For general information please see Information for Service Providers.

Applying for the RASP as a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP)

  • Applicants must have and maintain through service provision, a current active registration with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals.
  • A minimum of one year’s work with at least three children with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum under the age of six is required. A reference form from a supervisor or fellow professional documenting this experience may be required.
  • Professional development in the form of courses or workshops in the area of autism intervention over the last two years is required.
  • Those who do not meet the experience criteria may work with a supervisor as a Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist until they can provide a “Supervision Verification Record’ (CF0910). A letter from the Supervisor, who must qualify for the RASP, must accompany this application. For details please see below.

The RASP Application Form is accessed from the MCFD website. Please read the information below before submitting your application.

Criminal Record Check Process

To ensure you meet MCFD’s criminal record check requirements, please see ACT’s information on the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process for RASP applicants.

Submitting Your Application to ACT

Please submit the original application by mail to ACT – Autism Community Training, Suite 150 – 2250 Boundary Road, Burnaby, BC V5M 3Z3. Faxed or emailed applications are not acceptable and will delay your application. 

Any questions contact Jeff Hoffman, RASP Administrative Assistant, raspadmin@actcommunity.ca

 Supervised Speech Language Pathologist

In order to build capacity and meet the needs of B.C. children with ASD, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has put into place the category of Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist. MCFD developed this category in collaboration with the B.C. Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA), the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of B.C. (CSHHPBC), ACT, and the RASP Advisory Panel.

For an S-LP to be added to the RASP, MCFD requires documentation that they have experience providing services to children with autism under the age of six. However, it has frequently been difficult for a S-LP, new to the field of autism, to acquire enough experience to qualify for the RASP.

To address this challenge, the new category of Supervised S-LP allows for experience to be gained with the support of a supervisor. The clinical supervision requirements must be completed before an S-LP is eligible to apply to be on the RASP independently.

Prior to completing a RASP Application Form as a Supervised S-LP, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below. For MCFD’s supervision requirements, please see the Supervision Verification Record – S-LP. Note that this form is not submitted to ACT until the supervision period is finished.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Supervised S-LP Category:

1) Why has the Supervised S-LP Category been added to the RASP?

The category of Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist (Supervised S-LP) has been created to provide Registered S-LPs, new to working with children with ASD under the age of six, the opportunity to gain clinical experience under the supervision of an S-LP experienced with this population. The goal is to increase the number of S-LPs who can provide service to children with ASD under the age of six, while ensuring they have the necessary experience.

2) Who created the Supervised S-LP Category?

The Supervised S-LP category was created by the MCFD through a collaborative process with the BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists  BCASLPA), the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC),  ACT – Autism Community Training and the Registry of Autism Service Providers Advisory Panel .

3) Who is eligible to apply as a Supervised S-LP

An active Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with CSHHPBC, who has the support of a qualified Supervisor who is also an active member of the CSHHPBC, is eligible to apply.

4) What documentation is required for an application to the RASP as a Supervised S-LP?

An applicant must provide the following documentation to ACT:

  • A RASP application form
  • A clear Criminal Record Check (CRC)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Documentation of professional development, specific to the area of autism intervention with children under six, completed over the last two years
  • A current active registration with the CSHHPBC
  • A ‘Letter of Supervision’ signed by an eligible supervisor -a sample letter is available through ACT.

5) Who is eligible to provide supervision?

  • S-LPs currently on the RASP are eligible to supervise.
  • Other S-LPs who provide service to children under 6 with ASD through the public system may apply to be a supervisor. This involves providing ACT with the following documentation:
    • A RASP application form
    • A clear Criminal Record Check (CRC)
    • A current Curriculum Vitae
    • Documentation of professional development, specific to the area of autism intervention with children under six, completed over the last two years
    • A current active registration with CSHHPBC
    • Documentation of experience working with children under six with ASD; the minimum requirements of the RASP is one year’s work with three children under six with ASD.

6) What are the experience requirements for a Supervised S-LP?

Once approved to the RASP, the Supervised S-LP must work under supervision to complete the following hours of clinical service:

  • A minimum of 60 hours of direct service must be completed for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.
  • A minimum of 35 hours of these hours must be supervised and documented either as direct or indirect service. The breakdown of these hours are as follows:
    • A minimum of six hours are supervised direct service. Direct service involves direct observation, or video review.
    • A maximum of 29 hours are supervised indirect service (reviewing therapy session plans, helping set goals, discussion of outcomes, coaching on technique, materials to use or interviewing parents.)
  • There must be at least six hours of direct service per child over the supervisory period.
  • Services must be delivered to a minimum of three different children under the age of six.
  • Clinical services must be provided for at least one child under six with ASD for a full 12 months.

7) What are the requirements of the Supervisor?

  • The Supervisor must be on the RASP or meet the current RASP criteria.
    • The Supervisor must provide supervision for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years for the following:
      • A minimum of 35 hours of total documented supervision hours either as direct or indirect service.
      • A minimum of six of the 35 hours must be under direct supervision i.e. direct observation, or video review.
      • A maximum of 29 hours can involve indirect supervision such as reviewing therapy session plans, helping set goals, discussion of outcomes, coaching on technique, materials to use or interviewing parents.
      • A minimum of one hour of direct supervision per child.
    • The Supervisor’s name and contact information must be listed on the RASP. In cases where the supervisor is only on the RASP in their capacity as a supervisor, this will be made clear.
    • After the minimum experience requirements are met, the Supervisor may choose to complete the ‘Supervision Verification Record – SLP’ to indicate the Supervised S-LP is competent to practice independently with children with autism under age six. The Supervision Verification Record – SLP is available on the MCFD website.

8) How will hiring a Supervised S-LP impact the family financially?

  • Parents will be provided with a copy of the plan of supervision created by the Supervised S-LP and their Supervisor, specific to their child. Parents should clearly understand both the supervision process and their financial obligations, prior to service beginning.
  • At times implementing the plan will involve both the Supervised S-LP and Supervisor working directly with the child concurrently. However, the family will be billed by only one professional for the time spent with the child.
  • Neither the Autism Funding Program nor the family will be responsible for any payment for supervision costs.
  • It is up to the professionals to decide if and how the supervisor will be financially compensated.

9) Once the supervisory period is completed, how does a Supervised S-LP become eligible to work independently?

The applicant must submit the following:

  • A new RASP Application Form
  • The MCFD Supervision Verification Record-S-LP signed by their supervisor

Details and links to the forms can be found on the MCFD website.

10) What happens if the child turns six while receiving services from a Supervised S-LP?

The hours of service working with the child over six will not count towards the hours of supervision.

11) What happens if there is a change in the relationship between the Supervisor and Supervised S-LP? How will that impact the services the child receives?

  • Both the Supervised S-LP and the supervisor have the right to discontinue the supervisory relationship.
  • The two professionals must collaborate to ensure that the child continues to receive an appropriate quality of service without significant interruption.
  • The supervisory relationship is not the responsibility of ACT or MCFD.
  • ACT must be notified of the change in this relationship and will give the Supervised S-LP a short period of time to find another supervisor.

12) Who does the parent contact if they have questions regarding the Supervised S-LP or funding issues?

  • If there is a concern around payment, the parent should contact MCFD’s Autism Funding Branch, 1-877-777-3530.
  • If it is a quality of service issue, the parent should contact the Supervising S-LP; their name and contact information is available via the RASP.
  • If the parent is not sure whether there is an issue, or they have not been able to resolve it with the Supervising S-LP or the Supervised S-LP, they can discuss their concerns with an ACT Information Officer. Email info@actcommunity.ca or call 604-205-5467; toll-free 1-866-939-5188.
  • ACT also can provide support if the parent is considering a formal complaint to the College, see RASP Complaint Process.

Questions?

For more information on the RASP Application process – please contact Jeff Hoffman, RASP Administrative Assistant, raspadmin@actcommunity.ca. For questions regarding the supervisory process or relationship, please contact Louise Broadley, Manager of Information Services, lbroadley@actcommunity.ca.