ERIC Number: ED035147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Demonstration Project of Speech Training for the Preschool Cleft Palate Child. Final Report.
Harrison, Robert J.
To ascertain the efficacy of a program of language and speech stimulation for the preschool cleft palate child, a research and demonstration project was conducted using 137 subjects (ages 18 to 72 months) with defects involving the soft palate. Their language and speech skills were matched with those of a noncleft peer group revealing that the cleft group was significantly inferior in receptive and expressive language skills. The program consisted of stimulation in which the mother participated with the child for 1 hour each week; during the period the clinician worked directly with the child, counseled the mother and directed her participation, and observed the mother in language and speech stimulation. The results of the program indicated significantly better progress by those involved in the program, compared to a control group, in both language skills and speech skills. By the end of the program the children involved had skills commensurate with their chronological age. Appendixes and extensive tables of results are included. (JM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Miami Univ., Coral Gables, FL. School of Medicine.