The intent of this thesis is to examine and provide insight into how speech-language pathologists and speech-language therapists (SLP/SLT) in Australia (AUS), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States of America (USA) work with youth in the Juvenile Justice System (JJS). Currently, many youth involved in the JJS struggle with language barriers and need proper services to overcome them. Studies have shown that an SLP/SLT positively affects young people in the system. This study aimed to examine the demographic, educational, and occupational backgrounds of SLPs/SLTs working with youth in the JJS and the services provided to these youth by SLPs/SLTs. Additionally, this study seeks to understand the perspective of SLP/SLTs in their role within the JJS and identify any differences between countries. Finally, the study aims to understand the importance of the SLP/SLT role in working with youth in JJS and assess whether there are any differences in the characteristics and themes of their responses among countries. After conducting the study across AUS, the UK, and the USA, it was evident that SLPs/SLTs collectively believed that youth in the JJS were not receiving adequate support. Work still needs to be done to help adolescents in this environment, and SLPs/SLTs are constantly advocating for and educating those working within the JJS.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair/Advisor

McIntyre, Nancy


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Health Professions and Sciences


Communication Sciences and Disorders



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Open Access

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