Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Scott Palasik

First Reader

Dr. Terry Hallett

Second Reader

Mrs. Katie Boarman

Abstract

Throughout society, there remains a stigma in regards to a person’s speech and language. While the stereotype that a person with a speech or language disorder may have a lower quality of life shines light on the perceptions of mainstream society, there has been research that provides insight into parent’s feelings. The purpose of this project was to explore the research regarding parents’ feelings and perceptions towards their child’s speech or language disorder by conducting a literature review and a questionnaire that could be used as a measuring tool. The researchers used a questionnaire to focus on two main points: personal feelings parents may have regarding a child’s speech or language disorder and their perceptions on how the child’s speech or language disorder may affect his or her life. It was designed to take approximately 15 to 20 minutes and it included a variety of topics such as social relationships, education, and emotions to be answered on a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree. This project aims to provide better insight into how to better help parents cope with a child’s speech or language disorder by giving a speech-language pathologist a better idea on how to counsel parents. It could also serve as a pilot study that could lead to future research in parents’ feelings and perceptions towards their child’s speech or language disorder.

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