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Surgical Mini-Lectures and Clinics

Friday, September 16, 2011
7:00AM - 9:00AM


(C) 201C


Comprehensive Management of Speech and Velopharyngeal Disorders in the Cleft Population

Sean Peter Edwards, DDS, MD
Chief, Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Mary Berger, MS CCC, SLP
Senior Speech Language Pathologist , Speech and Language Pathology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI


Resonance and articulation disorders are common in the cleft population and signficantly impact a child's ability to communicate. This course pairs a surgeon and a speech pathologist to help teach participants to formally recognize these disorders, complete the appropriate diagnostic workup and develop an effective treatment plan. Finally, the surgical options, their indications and nuances will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the spectrum of articulation and resonance disorders in the cleft population
  2. Describe the components of a formal speech assessment and be able to interface with a speech pathologist in this process
  3. Describe the different treatment options, their nuances and when to apply each

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