The Role of a School-Based SLP on a Cleft Palate /Craniofacial Team As speech-language pathologists (SLPs), we know that children born with clefts of the lip and/or palate require continuous monitoring and intervention from specialists across multiple disciplines. The initial intervention typically involves parent counseling regarding feeding. Shortly thereafter, surgical intervention is recommended. If there is a cleft lip, the surgery ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2006
The Role of a School-Based SLP on a Cleft Palate /Craniofacial Team
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  • Fay L. Jones
    Broward County School System, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Article   |   June 01, 2006
The Role of a School-Based SLP on a Cleft Palate /Craniofacial Team
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2006, Vol. 7, 13-16. doi:10.1044/sbi7.2.13
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2006, Vol. 7, 13-16. doi:10.1044/sbi7.2.13
As speech-language pathologists (SLPs), we know that children born with clefts of the lip and/or palate require continuous monitoring and intervention from specialists across multiple disciplines. The initial intervention typically involves parent counseling regarding feeding. Shortly thereafter, surgical intervention is recommended. If there is a cleft lip, the surgery is performed within the first few months of life. If there is a cleft palate, surgery is performed at a later time, generally some time between the 6th and 24th month of life. Follow up with the plastic surgeon is ongoing throughout the child’s growth and development (Peter-Falzone, Hardin-Jones, 2001; Karnell, 2001).
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