Spoken Language Assessment Considerations for Children With Hearing Impairment When the Home Language Is Not English
Although the most prominent language in the United States is English, the U.S. is not a monolingual country. According to the U.S. Census in 2000, there were over 40 languages other than English spoken by 55 million people, with 34 million speaking Spanish or Spanish Creole. Given projections based on population studies and the prevalence of hearing loss in the Hispanic-American population, the number of persons who speak English as a second language will grow substantially over the next several decades. Hence, hearing health care professionals must be equipped to provide services for children who have hearing loss and speak English as a second language. The following article describes special considerations speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and educators should take into account when providing intervention designed to develop spoken language for children who have hearing loss and for whom the home language is not English.