Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Thesis (699 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Elaine Pyle


Autism, Service Delivery, COVID-19, Telepractice, Speech-Language Pathology


The coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused an abrupt change in the day-to-day lives of individuals across the world as adults were forced to work from home and children were forced into virtual school environments. For all students, this disruption in schedule and daily routine been hard, but especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (Mumbardo-Adam et al., 2021). For many students with ASD, school is a place in which they receive many essential services and social interactions, such as speech therapy, that they may not receive other places. The purpose of this survey research was to understand the speech-language pathologist’s perceptions of the effects distance learning had on the quality and delivery of speech therapy services provided to students with ASD amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Results revealed that the 2020-2021 school-year provided SLPs across the country with a novel experience, that was unique for each individual. Current findings will be discussed and compared to previous research related to efficacy of distance learning.



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