A follow-up study of phonological development in bilingual children: implications for clinical assessment

Kim, Jae-Hyun (2017) A follow-up study of phonological development in bilingual children: implications for clinical assessment. In: Proceedings of Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2017. From: Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2017, 28-31 May 2017, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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A lack of information about typical phonological development in bilingual children presents as a challenge to many speech-language pathologists assessing bilingual children with suspected speech sound disorder. The purpose of the current study was to investigate age-related changes in speech accuracy (percentage of consonants correct) and error production in Korean-English bilingual children, drawn from a larger study conducted in New Zealand. Sixteen Korean-English bilingual children were followed up at a six-month interval, totalling three time points of data collection. They were aged between 3;1 and 5;11 at the first point of data collection. The Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology was used to obtain single-word samples in English and the Assessment of Phonology and Articulation for Children was used for Korean. We found considerable individual variations in the longitudinal data. Age-related changes in speech accuracy were not sensitive to those changes in error production. Significantly, we found some error patterns emerged during the course of development, instead of being progressively resolved with age. Unlike previous findings in the literature with monolingual children, the findings related to re-emergence of error patterns were not limited to young children. Our findings suggest that speech-language pathologists should take a considered approach to identifying bilingual children with speech sound disorder solely based on the information provided in cross-sectional studies. We suggest that a follow-up session may provide valuable information facilitating the clinical assessment procedure to identify bilingual children with speech sound disorder.

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Presented at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference held in Sydney, 28-31 May 2017.

Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2017 02:19
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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