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Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate Speech Chippy Has a Birthday
Ages: 2-7   Grades: Toddler-2

Teach children who have a repaired cleft palate to use oral airflow for speech production.  The delightful book has expert teaching helps to eliminate compensatory errors.

Outcomes

  • Produce oral airflow as a precursor to early developing sounds
  • Ease the transition to early sound production
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Children learn to use oral airflow for speech production as they perform the same tasks as Chippy, the main character.  The captivating illustrations help children visualize the skills as they learn.  Although research indicates that blowing exercises do not increase muscle function of the soft palate (Shprintzen, McCall & Skolnick, 1975), blowing tasks that are quickly transitioned into sound productions can be helpful (Hardin-Jones, Chapman, & Scherer, 2005).

Clinician's notes are provided to more fully explain therapy techniques, troubleshoot potential problems, and give tips for successful oral airflow and oral sound production.  Activities to further develop the target skills are listed on the last page of the book. 

Chippy Has a Birthday may be purchased individually or in the Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate Speech 6-book set.  The books provide an evidence-based therapy progression when they are used in numerical order.  The 6-book set consists of:

Book 1—Chippy Has a Birthday targets production of oral airflow for speech
Book 2—Chippy Plays School targets /h/
Book 3—Chippy Plays with Cars targets /f/ and /v/
Book 4—Chippy Pops Bubbles targets /p/ and /b/
Book 5—Chippy Makes New Friends targets /t/ and /d/
Book 6—Chippy Visits a Farm targets /k/ and /g/

 

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Components
14 8½" x 11" coated pages, suggested follow-up activities
  • Identifying articulation and resonance problems in children with cleft palate speech is the first step to creating effective treatment plans (Golding-Kushner, 2001; Dixon-Wood, 2006).
  • Children with compensatory errors due to cleft palate speech should participate in speech therapy on an individual basis at least three times per week (Golding-Kushner, 2001).
  • Velopharyngeal incompetence (VPI) during speech, but not during blowing activities, is most likely a learned behavior (Shprintzen, McCall, & Skolnick, 1975).
  • Blowing exercises do not increase strength or effectiveness of soft palate musculature during speech (Shprintzen, McCall, & Skolnick, 1975).
  • Demonstration of oral airflow can be used as a strategy to teach sound production (Hardin-Jones, Chapman, & Scherer, 2006).
  • Direct articulation therapy techniques are recommended for improving cleft palate speech (Golding-Kushner, 2001).
  • Multisensory techniques are important to use with children with cleft palate speech due to structural differences and possible history of hearing loss (Dixon-Wood, 2006).

The Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate Speech Chippy Has a Birthday incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.

References

Bzoch, K. (2004). A battery of clinical perceptual tests, techniques, and observations for the reliable clinical assessment, evaluation, and management of 11 categorical aspects of cleft palate speech disorders. In K. Bzoch (Ed.), Communicative disorders related to cleft lip and palate (5th ed., pp. 383). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.

Dixon-Wood, V.L. (2006). Assessment and intervention of speech disorders related to cleft lip and palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency. Perspectives on School-Based Issues, 7, 3-8.

Golding-Kushner, K.J. (2001). Therapy techniques for cleft palate speech and related disorders. San Diego, CA: Singular.

Hardin-Jones, M., Chapman, K., & Scherer, N.J. (2006, June 13). Early intervention in children with cleft palate. The ASHA Leader, 11(8), 8-9, 32.

Shprintzen, R.J., McCall, G., & Skolnick, M.L. (1975). A new therapeutic technique for the treatment of velopharyngeal incompetence. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 40, 69-83.

Templin, M., & Darley, L.F. (1969). Templin-Darley tests of articulation (2nd ed.). Iowa City, IA: Bureau of Educational Research and Service, University of Iowa.

Author(s)

Kristi Chamberlain

Biography

Kristi Chamberlain, M.A., CCC-SLP, received her training from the University of Florida.  She became interested in working with the cleft palate population in graduate school.  After completing a practicum at the cleft palate clinic in Gainesville, Florida, Kristi completed an externship at the Craniofacial Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with John Riski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, as her mentor.  Since then, Kristi has been working with children who demonstrate various communication disorders.  She often consults with other speech pathologists about therapy techniques for children with cleft palate speech.  Kristi currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with her husband, Matt.

Introduction

The Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate Speech series includes six books designed to increase intelligibility by improving articulation skills and eliminating compensatory errors, such as glottal stops, pharyngeal fricatives, velar fricatives, pharyngeal stops, posterior nasal fricatives, and mid-dorsom palatal stops.  Each book centers around a chipmunk named Chippy and his big sister, Twitch.  Chippy demonstrates a speech disorder due to a cleft lip/palate and Twitch helps him learn to produce sounds correctly.

  • Book 1—Chippy Has a Birthday targets production of oral airflow needed for speech
  • Book 2—Chippy Plays School targets /h/
  • Book 3—Chippy Plays with Cars targets /f/ and /v/
  • Book 4—Chippy Pops Bubbles targets /p/ and /b/
  • Book 5—Chippy Makes New Friends targets /t/ and /d/
  • Book 6—Chippy Visits a Farm targets /k/ and /g/

The Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate Speech series is designed for a child who has a repaired cleft palate and limited intelligibility due to compensatory errors.  Prior to treatment, administration of an articulation test designed for children with cleft palate, such as the Error Pattern Diagnostic Articulation Test (Bzoch, 2004) or the Iowa Pressure Consonant Test (Templin & Darley, 1969) is recommended.  Results of an articulation test will help identify the types of errors and the specific sounds that require practice.  A hearing test is also recommended prior to initiating therapy since otitis media is common in children with cleft palate.

The books in this series are organized in a specific order to help direct the course of therapy, from teaching oral airflow to early developing sounds.  Clinician's notes are provided in each story to more fully explain therapy techniques.  In addition, activities to reinforce the target skills are listed on the last page in each book.

Chippy Has a Birthday is the first book in the series.  Although research indicates that blowing exercises do not increase muscle function of the soft palate (Shprintzen, McCall, & Skolnick, 1975), blowing tasks that are quickly transitioned into sound productions can be helpful (Hardin-Jones, Chapman, & Scherer, 2005).

Chippy Has a Birthday captures the child's interest as he learns new speech skills.  As you read the book together, have your student perform the same tasks as Chippy.  Talk about the sensory feedback the child experiences during each task.  The goal is to increase awareness of oral airflow.

When first learning to produce oral airflow, the child may need to block his nasal passages to prevent nasal emission.  Have him pinch his nose shut by using both index fingers to keep his mouth unblocked for more effective blowing tasks.  Once he has mastered oral airflow with nasal occlusion, have him complete the same tasks without holding his nose.

After much practice, if the child still cannot produce oral airflow without nasal occlusion, he may have a fistula, a short velum, or a large nasopharynx and should be referred to a cleft palate clinic for evaluation.

Kristi