Cleft lip or palate is one of the most common birth defects, affecting one in 500 children in the US. Unless treated cleft palate can interfere with feeding, speech development and hearing.
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 [...]