Honors Projects


According to The National Center for Educational Statistics, 7.7% of all public K-12 students in the United States (US) speak Spanish in the home, representing 76.5% of all English- language learner (ELL) students (2013). Children exposed to two languages are referred to in the literature as ELLs, language minorities and/or bilingual children. As these children enter school, language disorders and differences may become apparent to the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). It is the responsibility of the SLP to determine whether a disorder exists or if what is being observed is simply an issue of language difference. As such, it is important for SLPs, who may or may not speak Spanish, to understand and follow practices for this group outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) so as not to underestimate children’s skills or over identify language disorders.


Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Dr. Virginia Dubasik

First Advisor Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Second Advisor

Dr. Cynthia Ducar

Second Advisor Department

Romance and Classical Studies

Publication Date

Summer 7-31-2016