Honors Program Theses

Award Winner

Recipient of the 2023 Mary Ann Bolton Undergraduate Research Award - Runner-up.

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Year of Award

2023 Award


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Ken Bleile


Economics is one vital variable that can support or hinder the successful development and acquisition of language. A large body of research has shown that conditions of poverty often negatively impact a child’s language learning environment and brain development, resulting in poor language development and a high risk of speech and language disorders. Language development is a dynamic process that begins during the first years of life and is contingent on social interactions and safe predictable routines. A thorough examination of the relationship between familial financial standing and language development is the foundation for developing interventions that will minimize the negative impacts of poverty. This literature review found that in order to minimize these impacts, speech-language pathologists should look to expand access to early intervention services and provide treatment with a focus on holistic care.

Year of Submission



Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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