What is a Communicative Disorders Assistant?
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What is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)?

A Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) is support personnel under the supervision of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. CDAs possess a graduate Certificate in combination with various undergraduate degrees or diplomas in areas such as Linguistics, Early Childhood Education, Social Work and Educational Assistants.

Places of Employment:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Private Practice
  • Preschool Programs
  • Rehabilitation Centres
  • CDA College Programs (teaching)
  • Children's Treatment Centres

What can CDAs do?

  • Provide 1:1 or group treatment for communication disorders in adults, adolescents and children with stroke, brain injury, neurological diseases, language and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and speech disorders
  • Provide clinical support to Speech Language Pathologists for therapy preparation
  • Transcribe speech and language samples
  • Perform Audiological screenings such as puretone, impedence, auditory brainstem response, and otoacustic emissions Perform otoscopic inspections
  • Perform maintenance procedures on hearing aids and other amplification devices.