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Course # 3137
Cleft Palate and Oropharyngeal Anomalies: Effects on Speech and Specific Treatment Protocols

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Course Abstract

Speech production can be significantly affected by abnormalities of the oral, dental and pharyngeal structures. Cleft palate, dental and occlusal anomalies, ankyloglossia, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and maxillary retrusion are just a few of the anomalies that commonly affect articulation and resonance. This presentation will cover how these structural anomalies affect speech, when to refer for physical management, and specific therapy techniques for correction of compensatory productions. **It is recommended that you do not fast forward or pause this presentation. The audio and slides will not sync back up if you do.**
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This course was recorded on September 26, 2008


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to describe the typical effects of various structural anomalies on speech production.
  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to identify which speech errors are obligatory and which are compensatory.
  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to discuss when speech therapy is appropriate and when the child should be referred for physical management (i.e., orthodontic treatment or surgery).
  • As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to apply appropriate and effective therapy techniques for different types of compensatory articulation productions.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Welcome & Introductions
5-20 Minutes Causes of speech disorders secondary to cleft lip and palate
20-65 Minutes Oral and dental anomalies and how they affect speech
65-95 Minutes Velopharyngeal dysfunction and how it affects speech
95-105 Minutes Treatment of obligatory and compensatory errors
105-115 Minutes Speech therapy techniques for compensatory errors
115-120 Minutes Questions & Answers

Average Rating

(81 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 24 most recent comments out of 81 reviews

Review by: Erica on September 25, 2012
Very knowledgable speaker
Review by: Jill K on August 6, 2012
Presenter had excellent knowledge of the subject and presented it well.
Review by: Mikla on June 8, 2012
This course had a great deal of useful and EP strategies. It was one of the best courses I have taken. I feel more effective when treating not only cleft palates but all types of oral structural issues.
Review by: Kara on June 4, 2012
Very detailed and specific with clear points made. Good slides, pictures, and videos
Review by: Patricia on May 17, 2012
The instructor was confident and knowledgeable. The information presented was practical and informative. A great teacher with great examples!
Review by: Elizabeth on May 11, 2012
Well organized, interesting examples of therapy and a few chuckles lightened the mood. A good review yet new and more in-depth information than previously learned. Dr. Kummer obviously has expertise in this area. It was a pleasure to learn from her.
Review by: Svetlana on March 26, 2012
The instructor was good.
Review by: Nancy on March 5, 2012
Good background information, including structural aspects
Review by: Christine on January 18, 2012
all information regarding subject was pertinent to the course with many helpful visual and auditory examples
Review by: Alaina on January 18, 2012
Refreshing knowledge about cranio-facial anomolies and therapeutic recommendations were helpful for resonance therapy
Review by: Kim on January 3, 2012
the visuals were helpful and clear info
Review by: Julie on January 2, 2012
Excellent review of relationship between articulators and distortions.
Review by: Jennifer on December 27, 2011
very detail oriented
Review by: Diane on December 4, 2011
Good refresher course and updated therapy techniques
Review by: Meghan on November 25, 2011
The use of visuals and examples described for specific situations
Review by: Kelly on October 31, 2011
Ann Kummer is an amazing lecturer and an enormous asset in our field.
Review by: Ashley on October 21, 2011
Very thorough information and well-organized
Review by: Brenda on October 17, 2011
very knowledgable presenter, organized handouts.
Review by: Kirsten on October 7, 2011
Great visuals- direct clinical applications- straightforward presentation!
Review by: Kristi on September 28, 2011
Good information, good combination of therapy strategies, anatomy, andmedical knowledge
Review by: Natalie on September 19, 2011
Always happy about getting new therapy techniques!

Course Information

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Course Presenter

ann w kummer

Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Ann Kummer is Senior Director of the Division of Speech Pathology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is also Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She does many lectures, seminars and workshops on a national and international level. She is the author of numerous professional articles, 15 book chapters, an inventor of the Oral-Nasal Listener, and author of the SNAP nasometry test (KayPentax). She is also the author of the text entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies: The Effects on Speech and Resonance, 2nd Edition, Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008. Dr. Kummer is an ASHA Fellow.  (Receives royalties from Delmar Cengage Learning for textbook and from Super Duper for Oral-Nasal Listener.)

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