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Course # 5080
Speech Therapy for "Cleft Palate Speech" and Sequelae of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

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.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on September 2, 2011


Handouts are available for this course. You must be signed in and registered for this event to access them.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction
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

Average Rating

(623 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 623 reviews

Review by: Wenndy on April 8, 2015
good presentation, and clear explanation of techniques!
Review by: Sara on March 30, 2015
It was very practical. It wss easy to follow. The instructor gave great examples. She explained therapy techniques in a very logical way.
Review by: Ann on March 20, 2015
The practical suggestions for treatment techniques with video examples were very appreciated.
Review by: Nadia on March 20, 2015
IT is applicable to what I do
Review by: Lesa on March 20, 2015
Great practical information
Review by: Kim on March 2, 2015
The slides were well organized and provided a wealth of information on the difference between obligatory distortions and compensatory errors.
Review by: Michael on February 27, 2015
Good therapy techniques
Review by: Stephanie on February 22, 2015
This course was very effective and useful.
Review by: Ruth on February 6, 2015
It was presented so practically. She got very specific with teaching each group of sounds.
Review by: Jessica on February 5, 2015
The video examples were very helpful.
Review by: Sara on February 1, 2015
Provided specific treatment procedures and video to support implementationTherapy procedures were clearly described and functional Clear description of causes and effects provided
Review by: Elizabeth on January 29, 2015
This was so clear and the therapy ideas were wonderful and will be very useful.
Review by: S. Sue on January 27, 2015
well organized; terms defined well; excellent video examples
Review by: Katie on January 12, 2015
Therapy tips and videos
Review by: Valerie on December 31, 2014
Practical therapy techniques, review of anatomy, video clips
Review by: Mark on December 29, 2014
Great therapy tips in addition to powerpoint handout
Review by: Nancy on December 26, 2014
Very competent presenter, clear, efficient, not repetitious, very practical.
Review by: Betty on December 24, 2014
Therapy approach is applicable to all students in need speech correction. Presented in a clear manner with great handouts.
Review by: Rob on December 22, 2014
Very practical for all clinical presentations
Review by: Heather on December 20, 2014
The presenter, as well as the convenience of taking the course online.
Review by: Jennifer on December 12, 2014
Lots of information at one time. More examples would have been beneficial.
Review by: Abby on December 12, 2014
It was great presentation over the course of an hour.
Review by: Jennifer on December 10, 2014
The presenter was very knowledge about the subject. She gave great therapy techniques that work for both VPI and articulation disorders.
Review by: Renee on December 10, 2014
Good review of structure and function without spending a great deal of time on it. Practical therapy techniques that work with both VPI and articulation disorders.
Review by: Danielle on December 8, 2014
The presenter was highly knowledgable on the subject matter and made it easy to understand.
Review by: Jan on November 28, 2014
Excellent handouts with step by step strategies for different types of errors
Review by: Annette on November 25, 2014
very easy to understand speech techniques.
Review by: Katia on November 24, 2014
Techniques were clearly explained and can be applied directly to practice.
Review by: Mary on October 17, 2014
I have a student with a submucous cleft so this information was very helpful. There was a lot of information and I want to review the webinar again so I can use more of the information. My student has the nasal emission on initial /s/ blends so I also want to pay closer attention to that information. What a great resource to have these webinars available to view more than once!
Review by: Ana on October 9, 2014
The material was well organized and presented in a clear manner.
Review by: Ronnie on October 9, 2014
The content of the course was presented in a very understandable manner with sufficient and appropriate examples. The content was sufficient enough for me to put the strategies into action immediately and be able to explain my rationale for implementing them.
Review by: Deborah on October 5, 2014
The presenter was very organized and the video and audio examples were excellent.
Review by: Thelma on September 27, 2014
Lots of techniques to use in intervention and why or why not to use other techniques!
Review by: anne on September 21, 2014
I liked that she gave specific treatment examples and included videos of treatment.
Review by: Molly on September 4, 2014
Nice video examples
Review by: Kimberly on September 3, 2014
The detailed videos for showing how some of the discussed procedures were great! I am a visual person, so seeing these really helped with understanding the correct placement of tools being used.
Review by: Michael on August 26, 2014
Overall learning more about VPI
Review by: Judith on August 16, 2014
Now that I have taken THIS course, I see that I either OVER rated the others OR SpeechPathology.com needs to re-examine what constitutes a 0.1 course. Dr. Kummer's course is head/shoulders more sophisticated, detailed, integrative, etc. than other courses taken for the same amount of credit. It took me about 3 hrs. to finish this course because I constantly stopped the video to take comprehensive notes. I TEACH this course content and hers is an EXCELLENT course. Participants get WAY more for their time/money for THIS course than they do for other courses I've taken over a couple of different years.
Review by: Julia on August 15, 2014
Description of differences between insufficiency, incompetence and misarticulation; method for eliciting k/g
Review by: Holly on August 14, 2014
Practical therapy ideas
Review by: Donna on August 6, 2014
It had a wealth of information about Cleft Plate Speech and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. It was informative, organized and interesting. The demonstrations of therapy techniques through videos was very helpful.
Review by: Jennifer on July 30, 2014
The information was informative, the videos were well selected and related to topic, and the different strategies to help our clients.
Review by: Mary Lynn on July 30, 2014
The instructor provided specific strategies to improve glottal stops, pharyngeal fricatives. The videos of the children were very helpful.
Review by: Elysa on July 24, 2014
very practical information. Clearly defined as to when to use the various techniques
Review by: Laura on July 23, 2014
This course was fantastic. The information was presented in an organized and clear manner. I really appreciated all the video examples and descriptions of techniques I can use with my students tomorrow.
Review by: Corrie on July 23, 2014
really liked the strategies - can be used immediately in therapy sessions
Review by: Deborah on July 18, 2014
Video examples of anatomy and speech production
Review by: Julie on July 15, 2014
great video clips to demonstrate therapy techniques; many strategies were provided; handouts supported video
Review by: Lisa on June 25, 2014
Well organized, clear, concise
Review by: Sarah on June 21, 2014
Relevant information, clear, concise presentation.
Review by: Ann on June 17, 2014
This course clearly defined when speech therapy is appropriate and when it is not.
Review by: lynn on June 8, 2014
good examples of errors and corrections.
Review by: Helena on June 4, 2014
Eye opening experience, I haven't had the opportunity to work much with resonance so I was rusty on this information.
Review by: Christine on June 1, 2014
The video examples were excellent and course material was well organized.
Review by: Ashley on May 21, 2014
The presenter provided very detailed therapy technique instruction. I loved how she also incorporated videos to facilitate learning!
Review by: Connie on March 23, 2014
I particularly liked the handout accompanying the slides and will definitely save it for future reference.
Review by: Nicolle on March 11, 2014
Area of specialty not often dealt with for a rural slp.
Review by: Jaelene on March 11, 2014
It was very helpful that there were videos and demonstrations on how to elicit the techniques with children.
Review by: Mia on February 27, 2014
Knowledge and experience of presenter
Review by: Melissa on February 21, 2014
I learned techniques that I can apply with children who are currently on my caseload to improve their progress and outcomes.
Review by: Stacey on January 31, 2014
Practical therapy ideas.
Review by: Joan on January 29, 2014
straightforward, great information, did not presume that I knew a lot about CP, good information about articulation placement techniques.
Review by: Stephanie on January 29, 2014
Practical therapy strategies
Review by: Suzanne on January 27, 2014
comprehensive information
Review by: Debra on January 12, 2014
video and specific examples in tx
Review by: Holly on December 30, 2013
step by step instructions for treatment
Review by: Margaret on December 30, 2013
The videos were very helpful.
Review by: Montgomery on December 29, 2013
good audio examples of what errors sound like, video samples of treatment techniques
Review by: Lindsey on December 29, 2013
I enjoyed that it provided background/basic knowledge re: VPI - we all get that in grad school but don't encounter it for many years until we have a child on our caseload, which I currently do. This was exactly what I needed for review re: anatomy and therapy techniques to use for this particular client (has nasal emissions when producing s, z, but surgery was recommended to be delayed for about 1 year due to child's age- 3 yrs old)
Review by: Stacy on December 26, 2013
Very organized and knowledgeable instructor with therapeutic exercises that are easy to incorporate and use every day.
Review by: Kathy on December 23, 2013
Organized, informative, specific, clearly articulated, excellent examples, relevant, immediately applicable.
Review by: Rachael on December 19, 2013
Sound therapy treatment ideas with videos. Also her examples of the different errors gave me a better idea about how to transcribe correctly
Review by: Gina C. on December 17, 2013
Speaker was interesting and she presented in an easy to follow sequence/manner.
Review by: Michele on December 12, 2013
Video demonstrations. Clarification of speech therapy goals versus anatomical/physiological goals. Clear techniques and rationale.
Review by: Genie on December 11, 2013
Use of video clips made for easier learning. Ann's rate of speech was paced perfectly so you could take notes without feeling "lost" or a need to replay because you "missed it."
Review by: Clara on November 25, 2013
Had several good ideas for therapy.
Review by: Mary on November 22, 2013
Concise presentation and detail of tx information
Review by: Kristina on November 14, 2013
Good selection of material, as well as a manageable amount of information to effect quality change in my therapy routines.
Review by: Natalie on November 11, 2013
Great examples and very easy to follow!
Review by: Lauren on November 10, 2013
video examples
Review by: Jennifer on November 8, 2013
Great pace for the information presented
Review by: Heather on November 5, 2013
lots of good practical techniques that can be used immediately.
Review by: Shawna on November 1, 2013
The video examples and useful techniques made this course excellent.
Review by: Phyllis on October 29, 2013
Video's: specific sequences for shaping the sounds
Review by: Patricia on October 27, 2013
Great practical information. Will use it tomorrow!
Review by: Lauren on October 21, 2013
The therapy techniques provided made this course excellent. So often we are educated on A&P and why things are happening but not HOW to correct them.
Review by: Jennifer on October 16, 2013
The therapy ideas are something I can incorporate immediately into my therapy.
Review by: cynthia on October 13, 2013
organized and applicable
Review by: Elisabeth on October 7, 2013
very organized, useful information that was well presented
Review by: Lea on October 6, 2013
When to recommend speech therapy vs. medical intervention.
Review by: Kay on October 5, 2013
The information about VPI and treatment was clearly presented.
Review by: Gwendolynn on October 1, 2013
Practical techniques that I can use.
Review by: Jennifer on September 30, 2013
There was not an overwhelming amount of information, and the information presented can be used in therapy for more than just VPI.
Review by: Melissa on September 27, 2013
The visuals and recordings provided clear examples of the compensatory articulation errors and therapy techniques to address them.
Review by: Sharon on September 20, 2013
Useful ideas for therapy for specific errors. Good video clips to demo errors and techniques. A large amount of useful information!
Review by: Alice on September 13, 2013
speaker's demonstrations of CP speech and the video examples
Review by: Jane on September 10, 2013
The videos showing how to do the techniques and the extra handout with the specific instructions for the techniques. I liked her discussion of which techniques work for mislearned speech sounds as well as for correcting production after VPI surgery.

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Course Presenter

ann w kummer

Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D., 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.)

Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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