Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Theresa Mata-Pistokache
Dr. Kara Ayala
Dr. John Lowdermilk
This study focused on films that depicted characters that had a communication disorder or characters that have a disability which resulted in a communication disorder. This study examined types of communication disorders depicted in films and the accuracy to which communication disorders are portrayed in films. Thirty films were used in this study and 32 characters were found to have communication disorders. The author used qualitative methods and quantitative methods to examine and deconstruct the depiction of communication disorders in modern films. This paper also illustrates the effective and efficient manner films can be used to educate society and college students at both the undergraduate and graduate level about communication disorders.
University of Texas-Pan American