The development of symbolic play and language in toddlers with cleft palate

Lynn E. Snyder, Nancy Scherer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


This study compared the longitudinal performance of two groups of toddlers with palatal clefts and an age-matched group of children without palatal clefts on measures of elicited symbolic play at 18, 24, and 30 months. The results indicated that the group with isolated cleft palate differed significantly from both the cleft lip and palate group and the noncleft group on all but 1 play measure. Correlational analyses for each group indicated significant positive correlations between a number of the play variables at 18 months and productive vocabulary and MLU at 24 and 30 months of age. The findings suggest that assessment of early play gestures may assist clinicians in identifying children with clefts who are at risk for later language impairment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-80
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cleft palate
  • Language
  • Symbolic play

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


Dive into the research topics of 'The development of symbolic play and language in toddlers with cleft palate'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this