Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Brenda Schick

Second Advisor

Pui Fong Kan

Third Advisor

Susan M. Moore

Fourth Advisor

Anne Whitney


Throughout the developing world, resources for education are lacking. In the case of Peru, specifically, the public education system is challenged to meet the needs of a growing student population. A primary area of concern is the delivery of speech language pathology services for students with communication disorders. This study was designed to examine Peruvian parent and teacher knowledge about communication disorders, and determine the adequacy of Peruvian educational resources in serving students with communication disorders. 38 Peruvian teachers and parents (2 male, 36 female) were recruited to participate in the study. Data was collected through teacher-completed questionnaires and interviews, and a series of parent interviews. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis revealed that parents and teachers are quite resourceful in addressing communication disorders in school and in the home. However, additional educational resources and parent and teacher training are needed to refine service delivery to children with communication disorders in Peru.