Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Christina Meyers-Denman

Second Advisor

Kathryn Arehart

Third Advisor

Mimi Engel


What are the current practices and procedures for preschool-age speech-language screenings? Are there generally accepted guidelines for preschool-age speech-language screenings? What factors influence the speech-language screening process? These are some of the questions this study aims to answer by exploring the current speech-language screening procedures for preschool-age children. In order to provide an updated description of current preschool-age speech-language screening procedures, data was collected through a comprehensive survey distributed to certified speech-language pathologists (n = 80) who administer preschool-age speech-language screenings. The questions presented in the survey focused on characteristics of people who administer speech-language screenings, logistics of screenings, who is screened and how are they selected, and factors that influence the screening process. This study presents the survey results in a descriptive manner, exploring interesting relationships, and discussing the implications of the results.