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Treatment of Speech Disorders for Cleft Palate

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Kerry Callahan-Mandulak, PhD, CCC-SLP and Barbara Moore, MA CCC-SLP
Dr. Kerry Callahan Mandulak and Barbara Moore will focus on the selection of appropriate management procedures and strategies, evidence-based practice, planning, selecting and documenting appropriate treatment goals and objectives and understanding how to administer such treatment for for the repaired cleft palate child.


This Course is the 2nd of 2 in a 6 hour presentation on assessment & treatment of cleft palate. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify terminology used to describe speech and resonance patterns found in cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction;
  • Understand the role of the speech/language pathologist as a key participant on the cleft/craniofacial team and how his/her assessment outcomes influence overall management of the identified problems.
  • List treatment goals and activities for specific speech errors related to cleft palate, in addition to identifying speech errors that cannot be remediated through speech therapy.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)


Course Timeline:

60 Minutes: Early Intervention

  • Goals and implementation

90 Minutes:  Treatment Plans

  • establishing goals based on assessment results
  • hierarchy for treating identified sound errors
  • techniques for eliminating compensatory articulation errors
  • reducing phoneme-specific nasal emissions
  • therapy techniques for correction of placement errors
  • treatment of language and voice disorders
  • treatment in the presence of dental anomalies/appliances
  • treatment in the presence of velopharyngeal dysfunction

30 Minutes:   Video/audio samples of therapy techniques for treating speech/resonance disorders related to cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction.

Dr. Kerry Mandulak is a speaker for Video Continuing Education and receives royalty payments.

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