Cleft Palate and/or Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: Assessment and Treatment Children with cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction often exhibit complicated clinical findings. In order to differentiate a resonance disorder from an articulatory/phonological disorder, the speech-language pathologist must be able to evaluate the function of the velopharyngeal mechanism and have knowledge of aberrant articulatory postures that create compensatory articulations. This paper ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2008
Cleft Palate and/or Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: Assessment and Treatment
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • 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 / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2008
Cleft Palate and/or Velopharyngeal Dysfunction: Assessment and Treatment
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2008, Vol. 9, 155-161. doi:10.1044/sbi9.4.155
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, December 2008, Vol. 9, 155-161. doi:10.1044/sbi9.4.155
Abstract

Children with cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction often exhibit complicated clinical findings. In order to differentiate a resonance disorder from an articulatory/phonological disorder, the speech-language pathologist must be able to evaluate the function of the velopharyngeal mechanism and have knowledge of aberrant articulatory postures that create compensatory articulations. This paper will address current assessment techniques and treatment strategies for this clinical population. Methods for collaborating with the transdisciplinary cleft palate/craniofacial team will be provided.

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