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.

This category was developed in collaboration with the:

  • Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
  • College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of B.C.
  • ACT – Autism Community Training
  • RASP Advisory Panel.

Until recently, to be included on the RASP, we required documentation proving experience in providing services to children with autism under the age of six. This proved difficult for a Speech-Language Pathologist, new to the field of autism, to acquire enough experience to qualify.

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

Prior to completing a RASP Application Form as a Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below. For our supervision requirements, please see the Supervision Verification Record – S-LP (Note: this form is not submitted to Autism Information Services B.C. until the supervision period is finished).


Frequently Asked Questions About the Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist Category:

1) Why has the Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist Category been added to the RASP?

The new category has been created to provide Registered Speech-Language Pathologists, new to working with children with ASD under the age of six, the opportunity to gain clinical experience under the supervision of an experienced Pathologist. The goal is to increase the number of professionals 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 Speech-Language Pathologist Category?

The category was created by the Ministry of Children and Family Development with the:

  • BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
  • College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia
  • ACT – Autism Community Training
  • Registry of Autism Service Providers Advisory Panel.

3) Who is eligible to apply as a Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist

An active Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia, who has the support of a qualified Supervisor who is also an active member of the College, is eligible to apply.

4) What documentation is required for an application to the RASP as a Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist?

An applicant must provide the following documentation to Autism Information Services B.C.:

  • A RASP application form
  • A clear Criminal Record Check
  • 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 College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia
  • A Letter of Supervision signed by an eligible supervisor

5) Who is eligible to provide supervision?

  • Speech-Language Pathologists currently on the RASP are eligible to supervise
  • Other Speech-Language Pathologists who provide service to children under six with ASD through the public system may apply to be a supervisor. This involves providing Autism Information Services B.C. with the following documentation:
    • A RASP application form
    • A clear Criminal Record Check
    • 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 College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia
    • 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 Speech-Language Pathologist?

Once approved to the RASP, the Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist must work under supervision to complete the following:

  • A minimum of 60 hours of direct service for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.
  • A minimum of 35 hours must be supervised and documented either as direct or indirect service, broken down as follows:
    • A minimum of six hours of supervised direct service, which involves direct observation or video review
    • A maximum of 29 hours of 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
    • A minimum of six of the 35 hours must be under direct supervision, whether through 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 complete the Supervision Verification Record to indicate the Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist is competent to practice independently with children with autism under age six

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 Speech-Language Pathologist and their Supervisor, specific to their child
  • Parents should understand both the supervision process and their financial obligations, prior to service beginning
  • At times implementing the plan will involve both the Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist 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 Speech-Language Pathologist become eligible to work independently?

The applicant must submit the following:

10) What happens if the child turns six while receiving services from a Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist?

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 Speech-Language Pathologist? How will that impact the services the child receives?

  • Both the Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist 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 MCFD
  • Autism Information Services B.C. must be notified of the change in this relationship and will give the Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist a short period of time to find another supervisor

12) Who does the parent contact if they have questions regarding the Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist or funding issues?

  • If there is a concern around payment, the parent should contact the Autism Funding Branch at 1-877-777-3530

Submitting Your Application

Please submit all original applications by mail to:

Autism Information Services B.C.
3688 Cessna Drive
Richmond, British Columbia
V7B 1C7

Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted and will result in delaying your application.

For questions, please email us.