Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Mary Louise Edwards
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
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.
Roberts, Dana Marie, "The Challenges of Bilingual Speech-Language Therapy: Perspectives from Speech-Language Pathologists" (2008). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 539.
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