The primary purpose of this study was to investigate how familiar SLPs are with prevention methods that are implemented with preschoolers from low-SES families who are at risk for emergent literacy delays. Furthermore, the study explored how SLPs use prepackaged prevention programs and apply informal prevention practices. Lastly, this study addressed the barriers they face in the application of these programs. A total of 35 participants completed a survey where they answered questions regarding their familiarity with and implementation of prevention methods. The participants were also asked about the strengths and barriers of the prevention methods. The results revealed that the majority of participants were implementing informal prevention methods but were not implementing prepackaged prevention programs when practicing prevention. In this study, the researcher discusses the implications of the findings, limitations of the investigation, and recommendations for future research.


Furey, Joan


Communication Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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