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.
- Produce oral airflow as a precursor to early developing sounds
- Ease the transition to early sound production
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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- 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.
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