Title

Speech, Language, and Hearing Risk for Samoan Children K to 3

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing

ISSN

1361-3286

Volume

13

Issue

1

DOI

10.1179/136132810805335155

First Page

21

Last Page

40

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Abstract

In 2006, at the request of the American Samoan (AS) government, the third author and colleagues screened 206 AS children in grades K to 3 for speech, language, and hearing. Results included a high (65%) speech/language/cognitive “non-pass” rate, a similarly high hearing non-pass rate, and an alarming 76% incidence of impacted cerumen. In the second portion of this study, the screening was administered in English to Sacramento Samoan (SS) children; the results are here compared. As a group, SS participants tended to outperform their AS age-mates on both the hearing and speech/language/cognitive portions of the screener. Possible contributing cultural, linguistic, educational, socioeconomic, and environmental factors are considered, along with ways in which the needs of Samoan children can be most effectively determined.

Comments

Journal Title Note: Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing (ISSN: 1361-3286) from 1996-2012. Currently known as Speech, Language and Hearing (ISSN: 2050-571X).