Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders

Committee Member

Sarah M. Ginsberg, Ed.D.

Committee Member

Lidia Lee, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Audrey M. Farrugia-Bernard, Ph.D.


The rapid rise of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) clients has resulted in an increased demand for bilingual speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in schools and health care settings. Yet little is known about the experiences and the training needs of these bilingual service providers. This qualitative study used in-depth interviews with seven bilingual SLPs to highlight their perspectives on bilingualism and provision of bilingual speech-language pathology services. Participants reported the value of being a bilingual and took pride in having these skills to help people communicate but noted the gap between their graduate training and clinical experiences in working bilingually due to a lack of awareness, training, and resources. The presented experiences of bilingual SLPs provided an understanding of the significance of their role in supporting CLD individuals and families and current challenges in offering appropriate services.