The objective of this study was to determine the perceptions school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have about selective mutism (SM) and with this information, bring more awareness to the field. A survey was conducted through Surveymonkey.com and was sent out electronically through ASHA’s School Based Issues SIG discussion board. There were 93 respondents to the survey. The survey consisted of questions about knowledge of SM, years of experience, number of SM cases they have treated, population of work, and their personal perceptions about SM. Findings suggest that while school-based SLPs encounter and provide services to students with SM, adequate training, education, and community resources are often unavailable to support the needs of educators, SLPs, and students with selective mutism.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2017


Joseph L. Constantine

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Special Education

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Special Education

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)