An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists' and Parents' Perceptions of the Counseling Techniques Provided by Speech-Language Pathologists to Pediatric Patients with Tracheostomies and their Families
The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of the interventions provided and counseling techniques used by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to address the emotional impact for both pediatric patients receiving tracheostomy tubes and their parents/family caregivers. A secondary purpose was to investigate the family caregivers’ perspectives of the counseling methods provided by SLPs to pediatric patients with tracheostomy tubes and their families. Quantitative research methods were used to investigate SLPs’: preparation to work with pediatric tracheostomy patients; confidence in performing both medical tasks and counseling; frequency of performing medical tasks and counseling; and familiarity with counseling resources specific to pediatric tracheostomy patients. The study also investigated parents’ perceptions of how confidently and frequently their child’s SLP completed medical tasks and provided counseling. Qualitative research methods were used to provide context and further explanations for parental experiences working with SLPs. The results indicated that SLPs have higher confidence in and frequency of providing informational counseling than providing personal adjustment counseling. In addition, parents perceived SLPs to be less confident in and less frequently provide informational and personal adjustment counseling relative to the SLPs’ ratings.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Botsch, Meghan, "An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists' and Parents' Perceptions of the Counseling Techniques Provided by Speech-Language Pathologists to Pediatric Patients with Tracheostomies and their Families" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9611.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Tracheostomy, tracheotomy, informational counseling, personal adjustment counseling, speech-language pathology, confidence, frequency
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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