Parent-rated measures of bilingual children's speech accuracy: implications for a universal speech screen

Kim, Jae-Hyun, Ballard, Elaine, and McCann, Clare M. (2016) Parent-rated measures of bilingual children's speech accuracy: implications for a universal speech screen. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18 (2). pp. 202-211.

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Purpose: This study investigated whether parents were reliable in judging their bilingual children's speech and whether parent-rated measure of children's speech could be used as a tool for a universal speech screen to identify children with speech sound disorder (SSD).

Method: Single word samples from 33 Korean-English bilingual (KEB) preschool children were analysed for percentage of consonants correct (PCC) in each language. Their parents completed the Intelligibility in Context Scale (McLeod, Harrison, & McCormack, 2012) and a similarly constructed scale devised by Stertzbach and Gildersleeve-Neumann (2006). Spearman rank correlations were used to examine the association between the PCC scores and the parent-rated measures in each language.

Results: A number of factors influenced parents' reliability in judging their bilingual children's speech, including language dominance and the nature of the questions that were asked. The perception of strangers on a child's speech problems, as judged by the parents, could be significant in identifying children with SSD. When the cut-off ICS mean score derived from a previous monolingual research was applied to KEB children, over 40% of the sample was identified as requiring a comprehensive clinical assessment by a speech-language pathologist. Conclusion: Implementation of a universal speech screen utilising parent-rated measures of children's speech cannot be introduced without further research.

Item ID: 40227
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1754-9515
Keywords: speech screen; bilingualism; speech sound disorder
Funders: Academy of Korean Studies (AKS)
Projects and Grants: AKS 2012-BAA-2101
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 03:29
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470306 English as a second language @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education @ 50%
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