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Speech Buddies are a set of revolutionary tools to help children overcome speech difficulties. By teaching correct tongue positioning for the five most difficult sounds – R, S, L, CH, and SH. Proven to work 2-4 times faster in numerous clinical trials.  Speech Buddies works best when introduced after surgery to close the cleft is complete. Speech Buddies have proven to be very helpful with children who have struggled with articulation due to cleft palate.  Take a moment and [...]

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Vision impairments can effect children with cleft lip and/or palates, along with other craniofacial conditions. We have gathered resources that can help you in search of information and services to help you understand vision impairments in children. Many of these resources list detailed information regarding certain types of disorders that effect the eye, products that help children with low vision and support for parents and children effected by visual impairments. There are many [...]

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Speech development is a major concern regarding children born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Even though corrective surgery of the lip and palate and therapy does help many children develop their speech to normal levels, some children can face significant speech impairments. By the age of five, “normal” speech has developed. In some children born with cleft lip and  or palate, there are higher chances of speech delays. Children born with a cleft palate are have [...]

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Hearing and Behavior in the Child with Cleft Palate The immediate need for corrective surgeries for cleft children is the top priority. Though after the surgeries, any therapies that are needed, there is a concern that can be overlooked. Whether a child born with a cleft palate develops temporary or permanent hearing loss, it can effect their behavior in time. Some cases hearing loss can cause a child to have attention delays and develop anxiety because [...]

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Oral Motor Exercises & Oral Exercises — do these to get your children’s oral muscles in shape for speech and better function.Oral-Motor Exercises Tongue Push-Ups Tongue Pops Back and Forth Find the StickObjective: To increase tongue movement and coordination. Procedure: Move a dull stick, tongue depressor or spoon around the inside and outside of the mouth and have the child put their tongue on it or to where you have touched their mouth with the stick, depressor or spoon.Pointy Tongue Quick Strength Throat Scratches Tapping Icing Brushing Whistle Fish Mouth Pucker-Smile Jaw [...]

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EARLY SPEECH STIMULATION IN THE CLEFT LIP/PALATE CHILD IN THE CLEFT LIP/PALATE CHILD Birth to 12 months Birth to 12 Months by Kelly Mabry Downing MS, CCC-SLP All parents look forward to the day their child says his first word! Whether it’s “mama”, “dada”, or “ball”, the groundwork for speech is laid long before you hear meaningful words. Parents with children who have cleft lip or palate need to be aware that the structural deviations associated with cleft affect speech in two [...]

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Birth to 3 Years Bonding With Baby: Baby’s introduction to communication.Holding, talking, singing, rocking, cuddling, and other nurturing interactions between you and your baby are bonding experiences. Not only do these interactions form an intense emotional connection, it also strengthens babies’ learning connections and ability to communicate.  Forming a secure bond will provide life-long benefits to both baby and caregiver.Here are some tips for deepening the bond between you and your baby:Provide your baby with plenty of face-to-face [...]

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Hearing Impairments can become a common occurrence in children born with a cleft lip and/ or palate. Many cleft children are at higher risk for constant ear infections that can cause temporary hearing loss and sometimes permanent loss. That doesn’t mean the loss is only blamed on the ear infections. In many cases, there can be actual structural bone or nerve damage within the ear. There are many programs, products, resources and support organizations that can assist families with children [...]

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Hearing and Behavior in the Child with Cleft Palate For Parents, From Parents Prescription Parents has maintained an active interest in the otologic problems of our children; since our formation in 1973 we have encouraged parents to monitor their children’s hearing carefully and urged them to have their children checked by a competent otolaryngologist experienced in the treatment of the patent with cleft palate. The 1980-81 officers formulated a questionnaire which was sent to our membership. We are grateful to the 184 [...]

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After proper surgical repair of the palate, approximately 80% of children with cleft palate will develop normal speech. Parents have a crucial role to play in their child’s speech development. After palate repair, children are advised to follow up regularly with the speech therapist until they develop normal speech, or speech defect are detected and surgically treated if necessary. Children with clefts of the palate tend to develop speech and language a bit more slowly than other children. These [...]

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