Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Arts
Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
Dr. Scott Palasik
Dr. K. Todd Houston
Mrs. Nancy Harris
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.
Brewer, Amanda, "Exploring speech and language skills in gifted children: A parent perspective" (2016). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 203.