Assessment and Treatment: Maximizing the Potential of a Child With a Cleft Palate Cleft lip and palate has recently become the most common birth defect in the United States, (Cleft Palate Foundation, 2006) and the speech-language pathologist’s (SLP) caseload will eventually reflect this statistic. It is estimated that up to 50% of the cleft population exhibit some type of speech and/or language ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2006
Assessment and Treatment: Maximizing the Potential of a Child With a Cleft Palate
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  • Judith A. LeDuc
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    Children's Facial Center, Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / School-Based Settings / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2006
Assessment and Treatment: Maximizing the Potential of a Child With a Cleft Palate
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2006, Vol. 7, 8-12. doi:10.1044/sbi7.2.8
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2006, Vol. 7, 8-12. doi:10.1044/sbi7.2.8
Cleft lip and palate has recently become the most common birth defect in the United States, (Cleft Palate Foundation, 2006) and the speech-language pathologist’s (SLP) caseload will eventually reflect this statistic. It is estimated that up to 50% of the cleft population exhibit some type of speech and/or language disorder requiring intervention. Many articles have been written on the role of the SLP in the treatment of children with cleft lip and palate. Review of this body of literature suggests that the SLP conducts evaluations (which include, but are not limited to, language, perceptual and instrumental measures) and develops and implements treatment plans. However, the SLP’s treatment plan and timing of intervention must take into consideration the recommendations of a variety of specialists.
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