Journal article

Exploring the speech and language of individuals with non-syndromic submucous cleft palate: a preliminary report

Jessica O Boyce, Katherine Sanchez, David J Amor, Sheena Reilly, Annette Da Costa, Nicky Kilpatrick, Angela T Morgan

International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Submucous cleft palate (SMCP) has a heterogeneous presentation and is often identified late or misdiagnosed. Diagnosis is prompted by speech, resonance or feeding symptoms associated with velopharyngeal insufficiency. However, the broader impacts of SMCP on communication have rarely been examined and therefore are poorly understood. AIM: To describe the communicative profile of individuals with non-syndromic SMCP by examining speech, language and pragmatics (social language). METHODS & PROCEDURES: Fifteen participants with SMCP aged 5;1-12;8, without a genetic diagnosis, participated in the study. Participants completed standardized assessments examining language, resonance, spee..

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