After cleft palate surgery children need speech therapy to strengthen palatal muscles for proper speech. Qualified speech therapists offer services to these patients on regular basis.British speech therapist visit Cleft Hospital annually to standardize procedures international standards.
In order to speak correctly there must be a good seal between the mouth and the nasal passage. This is ensured by the movement of the soft palate at the back of the mouth and the movement of the walls of the throat, (See fig. A). Babies born with a cleft palate, with or without a cleft lip, may have speech problems. There is difficulty in making the proper sound of the consonants (such as ‘p’ ,’b’,’t’,’d’,’s’,’ch’), and/or a nasal sound to the voice due to air escaping down the nose, (see fig. B). These children should be routinely checked by a speech and language therapist, who will help your child speak as well as possible. This starts with monitoring your baby’s first sounds and words and the understanding of what is said. The therapist designs a special program of activities appropriate to the age and development of the child.
If there is a ‘nasal’ sound to your child’s voice, the therapist may use special computer equipment, or a mirror under the nose to monitor the air passages as your child speaks. Often a tape recorder or video is used. There are methods to examine the way the soft palate and side walls of the throat move during speech.