Previous literature regarding communication impairments in juvenile offenders has emphasized the high prevalence of undiagnosed juvenile offenders and the benefits of speech-language therapy. The current study investigated the service delivery speech-language pathologists use and challenges presented; role of the adolescent in a public-school setting and juvenile detention center; and how the process unfolds to initiate intervention for juvenile offenders. This study was conducted using mixed methods to understand the perceptions of speech-language pathologists who work in juvenile detention centers and public-school settings. The major conclusions of this study were: across groups the nature of communication impairments are consistent; behavioral problems do not present as a frequent challenge to SLPs in either setting; findings continue to indicate under-identification of communication impairments in juvenile offenders.

Keywords: Juvenile offender, speech-language pathologist


Furey, Joan


Communication Studies


Juvenile offender, speech-language pathologist

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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