Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month: How Speech Therapy Can Help

  • July 6, 2018

The month of July is dedicated to bringing awareness to a very important cause: Craniofacial and cleft conditions and to support the many individuals across the nation living with a facial difference.

Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions

As one of the most common birth defects, thousands of infants each year are born with cleft conditions where the mouth and tissues that combine to create lips are not properly formed during pregnancy. Typically that means there is an opening that remains in the upper lip and sometimes reaches to the nose. Another common condition is known as cleft palate and also happens during pregnancy when the same abnormal formation of tissues to create the roof of the mouth occurs. In this case, the roof of the mouth has an opening.

Treatment Options & Speech Therapy

The issues that arise as a result of these facial conditions can include trouble eating, speaking and even problems with hearing or their teeth. Understanding what issues are present is a case-by-case requirement and treatment options can vary depending on those needs. Therapies and well as possible surgical procedures can also be used to alleviate some of the issues.

Speech Therapy is one way to aid children with speaking difficulties they may be having. Early intervention is key to developing good oral speech. Speech and Language Pathologists will work with children to observe the specific issues they are dealing with when it comes to speaking and help them to improve those issues. From articulation issues to nasal emissions, and poor intelligibility in their speech. Help before and after oral surgeries will also reinforce skills like oral airflow and consonant vocalization.

Contact Cheshire Fitness Zone

At Cheshire Fitness Zone we work with families as a whole to diagnose and treat a variety of disorders. We offer specialized diagnostic and language services by completing comprehensive evaluations and treatment for a range of ages and patient needs and provide specially designed home programs to facilitate progress.

Contact us today to learn more about our offerings.

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