Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Kara Hawthorne

Relational Format



Prosody is an important aspect of language as it signals linguistic contrasts, conveys pragmatic distinctions, and expresses emotional affect. However, prosody is impaired in several populations, and such impairments can negatively affect intelligibility and the social perception of the speaker. Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are the professionals responsible for treating such impairments, yet the knowledge base of SLPs regarding prosody is unknown. The purpose of this study is to evaluate SLPs' knowledge of assessing, treating, and diagnosing prosodic impairments by using a survey (n=269). While a majority of SLPs surveyed agreed that prosody is within their scope of practice, they also reported that their knowledge and clinical training on assessing, diagnosing, and treating prosodic impairments is not adequate. Overall, SLPs feel they are lacking in knowledge of assessment and treatment methods, experience with clients with prosodic impairments, and knowledge of the nature of prosody. By dedicating more coursework and CEUs to prosody, providing an easy-to-administer assessment, and encouraging SLPs in their efforts in working with such impairments, SLPs will feel more competent in working with clients with prosodic impairments.

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