Speech, Language, and Hearing Risk for Samoan Children K to 3
Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing
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.
Speech, Language, and Hearing Risk for Samoan Children K to 3.
Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing, 13(1), 21–40.