Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2008

Capstone Advisor

Mary Louise Edwards

Honors Reader

Linda Milosky

Capstone Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology


In the United States, the increasing population of people who speak a language other than English, especially the Spanish-speaking population, has resulted in a greater number of linguistically diverse clients appearing on speech-language pathologists’ (SLPs’) caseloads and has also effectively increased the demand for bilingual SLPs. However, bilingual SLPs continually report a number of challenges in the field, which could explain why recruiting bilingual SLPs is difficult. This study highlighted the importance of assessing the challenges faced by bilingual SLPs through an analysis of the perspectives of four Spanish-English speaking bilingual clinicians in Central New York. The challenges the participants in the study reported varied from educational obstacles to linguistic and cultural obstacles to obstacles in performing effective diagnosis and treatment. All of the challenges reported by the participants were paralleled in the literature and research. By looking at the issues facing the specialty of bilingual speech-language pathology through the personal perspectives of the participants, possible solutions were suggested to address these issues.

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