Date Approved

2020

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Special Education

First Advisor

Audrey Farrugia, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Second Advisor

David C. Winters

Abstract

Members of underserved populations, particularly those of low socioeconomic standing, are less likely to receive speech-language pathology services. Through a series of indepth interviews, this study observes the experiences of speech-language pathologists working with underserved populations in order to understand how they help such populations. The subjects include at least one speech-language pathologist from each of the following settings: school, private practice, hospital, and skilled nursing facility. Results of this study yield common themes in working with members of underserved populations, as well as implications for improving the accessibility of speech-language pathology services.

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