Language performance of children with hearing impairment in mainstream education
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The study aimed to investigate the oral language skills of primary school Cantonese-speaking children with various levels of hearing impairment. Possible factors, including the duration of mainstreaming, that may affect oral language performance were also examined.
Data on the oral language performance of 98 children with mild to profound hearing impairment was collected using a standardized language test in Hong Kong. Upon creating a normalized composite score to represent the general measure of language performance, regression analysis was further employed to examine the influence of different independent variables.
41% participants showed age appropriate oral language skills while 18% and 41% presented mild to moderate and severe oral language impairment, respectively. Duration of mainstream was found as not significant in contributing to the oral language performance of the students.
Mainstreaming children with hearing impairment into regular schools continues to be a growing tendency. Given the sizable number of participants showing oral language impairment, the current study highlights the urgency of supporting school-aged children with hearing impairment by measures beyond a physical inclusion.
All Author(s) ListLee K. Y. S., Lam E. Y. C., Lau T. H. M., Lam J. H. S., Tang G. W. L., Yiu C. K. M.
Name of Conference10th Biennial Asia Pacific Conference of Speech, Language and Hearing (APCSLH 2017)
Start Date of Conference17/09/2017
End Date of Conference19/09/2017
Place of ConferenceNarita
Country/Region of ConferenceJapan
LanguagesEnglish-United States
Keywordsspeech therapy, hearing impairment, APCSLH

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