Are parents accurate in judging their bilingual children's speech?

Kim, Jae-Hyun, Ballard, Elaine, and McCann, Clare (2014) Are parents accurate in judging their bilingual children's speech? In: [Presented at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2014], pp. 1-23. From: Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2014, 18-24 May 2014, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Given the lack of appropriate speech assessment tools available for bilingual children, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) often rely on parental report. However, no studies have been carried out to determine whether parents are reliable in judging their children's speech accuracy. The current study considers this question. Data from 55 Korean-English bilinguals (3;01 – 7;11), collected using the Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology (Dodd, Hua, Crosbie, Holm, & Ozanne, 2002) and the Assessment of Phonology and Articulation for Children (Kim, Pae, & Park, 2007), was compared with the responses parents gave on two five-point Likert intelligibility scales (McLeod, Harrison, & McCormack, 2012; Stertzbach, 2005). Pearson's correlations revealed that parental responses on the questions relating to specific aspects of speech (i.e. substitution and deletion) were most highly correlated with the children's speech accuracy in both languages, but general questions about whether their children's speech was difficult to understand were not. The responses on the questions relating to the opinions about the presence of speech problems and the speech accuracy data were also highly correlated. To a lesser extent, parental report on whether they believed strangers understood their children was also correlated to speech accuracy data in both languages. There was no evidence to suggest that parents were better at judging their children's speech accuracy in one language than the other. The presentation will elaborate on the findings and discuss the possibility of employing subjective intelligibility scales as a screen tool for speech sound disorders in preschool children.

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Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2016 01:07
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl Speech Production and Comprehension) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy @ 100%
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