Speech Pathology

Workshop Details

Training Objectives

Speech Pathology Course Objectives:

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

  • Discuss typical language development in children with clefts and describe strategies for early intervention
  • categorize different types of clefts based on embryological development;
  • describe aspects of normal velopharyngeal function, including the purpose of each muscle pair, variations in basic patterns of closure, and pneumatic versus nonpneumatic closure;
  • list the types and causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction (e.g., velopharyngeal insufficiency, velopharyngeal incompetence, velopharyngeal mislearning);
  • describe the mechanism of normal resonance and identify the characteristics and causes of different types of resonance disorders;
  • discuss the types of nasal emission and the effects on speech production;
  • Describe the characteristics of various craniofacial syndromes and how these characteristics can affect communication (e.g., speech, resonance, language, learning, and hearing).
  • use appropriate procedures for the perceptual assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal function and the determination of outcomes;
  • discuss the purpose and basic procedures of instrumental equipment for the assessment of speech, resonance and velopharyngeal function;
  • describe various treatment options for resonance disorders and velopharyngeal dysfunction, including surgical procedures, prosthetic devices, and speech therapy; and
  • apply appropriate speech therapy techniques using motor learning theory for correction of compensatory productions.
  • Discuss the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Function and how it is used in determining treatment goals; and
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges of service delivery in developing countries, and how telehealth can be used to meet those challenges.


Dental and Speech Session Objectives:

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

  • describe normal dental development;
  • discuss the effects of clefts on dentition and occlusion; and
  • discuss the effects of abnormal dentition, occlusion and other oral anomalies on speech and resonance.

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