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Gac Med Mex. 2009 Nov-Dec;145(6):475-9.

[Summer school speech therapy for children with cleft palate and language disorder].

[Article in Spanish]

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Departamento de Foniatría, Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea González, México D.F., México. macamenpamplona@hotmail.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Cleft palate patients with language impairment require specific therapy.

OBJECTIVE:

Study two modalities of speech intervention in cleft palate children with associated linguistic impairment, a conventional approach providing speech therapy, twice a week, and a speech summer camp for a period of three weeks.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Twenty-five cleft palate patients with language impairment were studied. A matched control group was gathered. Patients included in the first group attended a three week duration speech summer camp. Control patients included in the second group received speech therapy twice a week.

RESULTS:

At the onset of either the summer camp or the speech intervention period, the severity of language impairment was evenly distributed with non-significant differences across groups (p > 0.05). After the summer camp or 9 months of speech therapy sessions, both groups showed a significant decrease in the severity of language impairment (p < 0.05). At the end of the summer camp, and the therapy period, non-significant differences, were found between groups (p > 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Speech summer camp is a reliable and efficient method to provide speech therapy for left palate patients with language impairment.

PMID:
20077865
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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