The purpose of this study is twofold. First, this study will explore how speech-language pathologists (SLPs) address the socioemotional experience (SE) of school children with communication disorders (CDs). Second, this study will investigate how SLPs conduct peer education concerning CDs to attain three specific goals between peers with typical development (TD) and children with a CD. Data was collected through an online survey to explore how SLPs are addressing their student’s SE as well as how they are approaching peer education concerning CDs for students with TD. The results revealed that SLPs believe it is more important to address the SE for their students with autism spectrum disorder, fluency disorders, or who use augmentative or alternative communication devices than any of the other CDs included in this study. SLPs also reported that they were not conducting peer education in their students’ classrooms; however, they are advocating for peer education to be conducted.


Keelor, Jennifer




socioemotional experience, communication disorders, communication differences, peer education

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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