SAC Webinar: Communication Health Assistants and S-LPs Collaboration: Revamping the 4 Handed Model for 2022 and Beyond

Erin Gilchrist, M.H.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO, Dana Moss McAllister, CYW, CDA
September 28 2022
Communication Health Assistants
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September 28, 2022 – 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Registration deadline is September 28, 2022 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)

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This webinar will be recorded and available as a webcast in our webcast library a couple days after the live event. 


Cancellation Policy

Because we have limited spaces available for participants, if you are unable to attend the webinar you registered for, please contact Bev Cooper at as soon as possible.


Intended Audience

  • speech-language pathologists
  • audiologists
  • speech-language pathology assistant
  • audiology assistant
  • speech and hearing assistant
  • students


This Session Pertains To:

  • Pre-School (0-4)
  • School Aged (5-17)
  • Adults (18-64)
  • Seniors (65+)



Introductory (Assumes that the participant has little or no familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.) and Intermediate (Assumes that the participant has general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)



In this webinar, we will share our experience working as, training, and supervising communication health assistants. We will briefly review current communication health assistant educational programs to emphasize their scope of practice, clinical skills, and competencies that support enriched collaboration with speech-language pathologists and audiologists. We will review the 4 Handed Model originally published by the Ontario Association of Speech-Language and Audiology (OSLA) in 2002 to highlight how the virtual world has augmented the way collaboration can happen, leading to quality care and efficient supervision for speech, language and hearing services in 2022 and beyond.


Learning objectives:

  • Understand the role of communication health assistants in supporting speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  • Understand the scope of practice of support personal such as communication health assistants and the respective training programs.
  • Introduce a variety of methods for collaboration and supervision.
  • Review the use of virtual care as a mode of supervision and collaboration.



This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs.


Presenter Biography

Erin Gilchrist, M.H.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Erin Gilchrist is full time faculty at Georgian College with the Communication Disorder’s Assistant (CDA) Program, having experience teaching 9 of the 13 courses offered. Erin leads the Theory and Practice course, which includes hands-on learning in the on-campus community clinic. CDA students work collaboratively with a client, a CDA mentor and a supervising speech-language pathologist/audiologist for weekly sessions following a 4 Handed Model.

Erin graduated from the CDA program at Georgian College in 2004 and worked as a CDA in private and public sectors before attending University of Toronto for the Masters of Health Science as an S-LP.

Dana Moss McAllister, CYW, CDA

Dana Moss McAllister is an author, child and youth worker and communicative disorders assistant. She has been working with pre-school and school aged children since her CDA graduation in 2005. Dana volunteers with the Communicative Disorders Assistants Association of Canada and has recently stepped down from the President role. In June of this year, Dana published her first children’s book, “The Boy Who Lost His Fart”.  Her second book, “The Mess”, is currently in development and is expected to be available in the fall of 2022.


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