ERIC Number: ED285333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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A Longitudinal Study: Phonological Changes Associated with Pharyngeal Flap Surgery.
Letcher, Lisa M.; And Others
The longitudinal study compared the speech of two children (beginning at age 3) with cleft palate and inadequate velopharyngeal closure in an attempt to identify the patterns of production observed prior to surgery and the course and rate of change in production following surgery. Subjects' speech samples were evaluated prior to pharyngeal flap surgery, 1 month after surgery, and at 3-month intervals until their speech was age appropriate. Analysis of pre- and post-surgery samples revealed that both subjects displayed similar patterns of substitutions prior to surgery and that their speech production became more variable after surgery, perhaps reflecting exploration of their newly revised speech mechanism. Findings suggested that change following surgery takes time and that accurate speech sound production may not result until nearly a year after surgery. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Detroit, MI, November 21-24, 1986).