Early intervention for children with cleft palate

Nancy Scherer, Ann P. Kaiser

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Abstract

Clefts of the lip and palate are one of the most frequently occurring birth defects, affecting approximately 1 in 700 births in the United States. Early childhood special educators are often among the first professionals to provide intervention for children with cleft lip and palate. Early intervention for children with clefts often focuses on speech production skills; however, results of recent research suggest that early intervention in language skills including parent training is warranted. A model of early intervention that uses language intervention to facilitate vocabulary and speech sound development is described. This model has been successful in improving productive vocabulary use and speech sound repertoires and shows promising reduction in compensatory articulation errors. Developmentally appropriate application of the model includes provision of direct intervention to children and parent training to promote naturalistic intervention in everyday settings. Strategies for working collaboratively with speech-language pathologists and members of cleft palate and craniofacial multidisciplinary teams are also described. Finally, answers are provided to frequently occurring questions from parents about cleft palate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-366
Number of pages12
JournalInfants and Young Children
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cleft palate
  • Early intervention
  • Parent training

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  • Health Professions(all)
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Early intervention for children with cleft palate. / Scherer, Nancy; Kaiser, Ann P.

In: Infants and Young Children, Vol. 20, No. 4, 10.2007, p. 355-366.

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Scherer, Nancy ; Kaiser, Ann P. / Early intervention for children with cleft palate. In: Infants and Young Children. 2007 ; Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 355-366.
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