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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 132-138

Total immersion speech camps for patients with cleft palate

1 Department of Speech and Language Pathology, Hablarte e Integrarte, A. C., Mexico City; Cleft Palate Clinic is the Department at Hospital Gea Gonzalez, Mexico City, Mexico
2 Ian Jackson Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Clinic is the Department at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, United States of America

Correspondence Address:
María Del Carmen Pamplona
Department of Speech and Language Pathology, Hablarte e Integrarte, A. C., Mexico City
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_53_17

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Background: Children with cleft palate (CCP) frequently shows language and/or speech disorders. However, a significant number of children cannot receive speech pathology treatment on a regular basis. For these children, new modalities of intervention have to be developed for stimulating speech and language. Objective: The purpose of this paper is to study and compare the two modalities of speech intervention in CCP: a conventional approach providing speech therapy in 1 h sessions, once a week, and a total immersion speech camp in which CCP received therapy within a naturalistic environment 10 h/day for a period of 5 days. Materials and Methods: Twenty-three children were studied. A matched control group was assembled. Children included in the experimental group attended a total immersion speech camp for 5 days. Matched control children received speech therapy once per week in 1 h sessions. Results: When comparing the advances of the CCP participating in total immersion speech camps to CCP assisting to speech therapy 1 day a week, significant similar advances (P > 0.05) in articulation were demonstrated. Moreover, significant improvements (P < 0.05) were found when articulation deficits were compared before and after the speech treatment periods. Conclusion: Total immersion speech camps seem to be a valid and reliable option for speech intervention in CCP.

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