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Intervention for Young Children with VPD

Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

November 14, 2011

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Is there any kind of intervention that can be done for VPD for children under 3?

Answer

Yes.  First of all under the age of 3 we always say work on quantity not quality.  In other words, how much is the child talking?  How much are they understanding?  So language is the most important consideration under the age of three.  At the age of 3 the child is old enough to evaluate velopharyngeal function.  We can put the child in speech therapy or if the child needs surgery the surgery should be done between the ages of 3 and 5. Our goal is to have as close to normal speech as possible by the time they enter kindergarten.  But of course you can still stimulate speech production under the age of three by just having the child do sound practice and imitating.

Dr. Ann Kummer is Senior Director of the Division of Speech Pathology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 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). 

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Sound Judgment: Using Effective Speech Therapy Techniques and Motor Learning Principles for Speech Sound Disorders with or without Related Structural Anomalies, presented in partnership with Cincinnati Children's
Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP
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Course: #7740 1.5 Hour
  'The presenter gave understandable explanations to support a variety of techniques'   Read Reviews
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Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP
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Course: #7915 1.5 Hour
  'The material was presented in an impeccable order'   Read Reviews
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Evaluation of Speech/Resonance Disorders Secondary to Velopharyngeal Dysfunction, presented in partnership with Cincinnati Children's
Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP
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This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Children with resonance disorders (hypernasality, hyponasality and cul-de-sac resonance) present challenges for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in all settings. This course is designed to provide simple, yet very reliable low-tech evaluation techniques for practicing SLPs who frequently or occasionally see clients with cleft palate, hypernasality, or suspected velopharyngeal dysfunction. (Part 1: Course 7915)

Leadership and the Art of Influencing Others, presented in partnership with Cincinnati Children's
Presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP
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Introduction to Tracheoesophageal Voice
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This course is designed to give attendees the basic understanding of what tracheoesophageal (TE) voice restoration is and the role of the SLP in the rehabilitation process. Other topics to be reviewed are: determining who is a candidate, sizing the TE tract, the various types of TE voice prostheses and how they are placed, considerations for prosthesis selection, and how to initiate voice rehabilitation.