Some children are born with holes or clefts in their lip or palate. This can cause servere difficulties with speech as view as with eating.
These structural problems are often fixed with surgery as early as possible but even with surgery speech therapy is needed to help the child produce speech sounds clearly.
General Therapy Goals Should include:
- Establish correct oral articulatory placement air flow direction & pressure build up at the target place, using behavioural, therapy.
- Maximize the intra-oral air pressure build up during speech sound production.
- Teach new motor speech patterns to replace compensatory maladaptive articulation error.