ERIC Number: ED312801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Otitis Media in Early Childhood and Its Relationship to Later Speech and Language.
Roberts, Joanne Erwick; And Others
The project reported in this paper examined the relationship between the occurrence of otitis media with effusion (OME) during the first 3 years of life, and speech, language, and classroom performance during the school years. Fifty-five high-risk children between the ages of 2.6 and 8 years participated in a speech assessment; 34 high-risk 5-year-olds participated in a language assessment. The children were socioeconomically disadvantaged and attended a day care program at a child development center. Results did not show a relationship between the number of days of OME in the first 3 years of life and either the total number of common phonological processes observed during the preschool years or language measures at age 5. Early OME was associated with the total number of phonological processes used by children between the ages of 4.6 and 8 years. In summary, for socioeconomically disadvantaged children attending day care centers, the magnitude of any adverse speech or language outcome associated with early childhood OME is small and more likely when children are of school age. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.