This course is geared toward speech-language pathologists who work with children with speech sound disorders, particularly those related to cleft palate or velopharyngeal dysfunction. The course will cover the types of velopharyngeal dysfunction and the effects on speech. A paradigm will be given for what types of distortions can be corrected with therapy and what speech distortions require physical management (i.e., surgery). The bulk of the presentation will be on specific therapy techniques which can be used for children with compensatory productions or other types of speech sound disorders. Based on the principles of motor learning, the importance of feedback and daily practice at home will be stressed. This course will be enhanced by many short videos to demonstrate procedures.
- After this course, participants will be able to list the potential effects of cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction on speech.
- After this course, participants will be able to make a distinction between obligatory distortions and compensatory errors.
- After this course, participants will be able to determine when speech therapy is appropriate and when surgical intervention is needed.
- After this course, participants will be able to use appropriate techniques to correct a variety of compensatory placement errors.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe why motor learning principles should be applied to speech therapy.
|5-20 Minutes||Causes of abnormal speech after cleft lip and palate; Normal velopharyngeal function and velopharyngeal dysfunction; effects of VPI on speech and resonance; effects of structural anomalies on speech production (obligatory distortions and compensatory err|
|20-25 Minutes||When speech therapy is appropriate (and when it’s not)|
|25-55 Minutes||Speech therapy techniques and principles of motor learning|
|55-60 Minutes||Conclusion; Q&A|
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