Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Scott Palasik

First Reader

Dr. K. Todd Houston

Second Reader

Mrs. Nancy Harris

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to examine the speech and language skills of gifted students, and to further look into gifted students who have previously had speech or language therapy. Information pertaining to gifted children, typical speech and language development, and gifted children who have a delay in speech was evaluated. The information was used to develop a survey instrument that asked parents about their gifted child’s speech and language. The overall results of this study confirmed many previously known characteristics of gifted students. It also showed that expressive language skills were less developed than receptive language skills. Only one out of 25 children had a history of speech and language difficulties. Therefore, this paper will serve as a review of the speech and language capabilities of gifted students and help parents and other professionals understand their unique development. It will also serve as a platform for future research on treatment plans for children who might be gifted but also have a speech or language delay.

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