Date of Graduation

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Education

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Hagstrom, Fran

Reader

Aslin, Larry W.

Second Reader

Agan, Joseph Paul, 1969-

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the understanding that parents have about the diagnostic process associated with co-occurring minor speech, language, and hearing problems in young children. The participants were 16 parents of young children between the ages of 2 and 5 years. The materials consisted of a questionnaire that delineated the diagnoses of the problem and referrals experienced by parents, which was electronically distributed by posting the link to social media sites. Results of the study indicate most parents reported only single issues such as ear infections or differences in oral structures/functions. Only 5 respondents indicated that their children faced complex issues. While most of these were distinctly identified as a combination of speech and hearing issues, two participants indicated that the problems experience by their children were more vague and difficult to determine that those listed in the study questionnaire. The main source for diagnosis and intervention were medical whether this is associated with medical or surgery. Therapy was only reported for oral structure/function issues and speech-language pathology were the therapy of choice. Recommendations for this study would include expanding distribution of the questionnaire to a larger area of study, clarity of the questionnaire as to obtain the answers sought, and including the experience of the professionals via a separate questionnaire.

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