Making a case for studying gender-neutral pronouns in speech-language pathology

Sarah Shotwell, Li Sheng

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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review current policies and research in the field of speech-language pathology in regard to targeting gender-neutral pronouns in language therapy and propose further research on the topic. Method: Official documents from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the practice of speech-language pathology were searched for information about pediatric language therapy and ethical requirements of practice as they relate to targeting gender-neutral pronouns in treatment. Conclusions: Based on the current standards, it is ethical and within the scope of practice for speech-language pathologists to target gender-neutral pronouns in language treatment. Research on the topic is needed to establish evidence-based practice guidelines. Recommendations are provided for potential research questions and methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1141-1145
Number of pages5
JournalLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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