Cleft Palate Speech - Language Management based on the Multidisciplinary Approach

다학문적 접근법의 구개열 말-언어 관리

  • Yang, Ji-Hyung (Speech therapy room in Oral and maxillofacial deformity clinic of Seoul National University Dental Hospital)
  • 양지형 (서울대학교 치과병원 악안면기형진료실 부설 언어치료실)
  • Published : 2005.12.30


Cleft lip and palate is a congenital deformity which needs a professional and consistent management from the birth and along with the physical growth of patients. The patients with cleft lip and palate can have general speech problems with resonance disorders, voice disorders and articulation disorders after the successful primary surgical management and the physical growth. Speech problems of Cleft lip and palate are characterized hypernasality, nasal air emission, increased nasal air flow, and aberrant speech marks which decrease intelligibility. These speech problems of cleft lip and palate can be treated with the secondary surgical procedure, the application of temporary prosthesis and the effective and well-timed speech therapy. The speech and language problems of cleft lip and palate, the general procedures and schedules of the speech assessment and therapy based on the multidisciplinary approach are introduced for the patients with cleft lip and palate, their family and the other members of the cleft palate treatment team.