Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Steven Cloud, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences


The goal of this project is to assess whether Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) feel adequately prepared and comfortable interacting with multicultural clients. To assess if an SLP feels prepared to interact with, to assess, to teach, or to treat a multicultural client, a 25-question survey was developed. The survey included questions pertaining to the SLPs’ experiences with other cultures, both professional and personal, if the SLP speaks more than one language, and if the SLP has received any formal training on how to interact with multicultural clients. The survey was sent out via email to 814 licensed SLPs practicing in pre-school, elementary, and secondary school settings in Mississippi and Alabama. A total of 38 surveys were returned, and 36 complete responses were obtained. Preliminary results indicated that many SLPs received minimal multicultural training and felt prepared to work with multicultural clients based on personal and professional experiences; however, they also believed they could benefit from additional formal multicultural training. This project and its outcomes contribute to the knowledge base in the Speech-Language Pathology community as it relates to the treatment of multicultural clients.