Children with cleft palate speech relate well to the adorable story of Chippy the Chipmunk as he learns to produce /t/ and /d/ without using compensatory errors.
- Produce the /t/ and /d/ sounds
- Improve intelligibility of speech
This book teaches children to build oral pressure for the /t/ and /d/ sounds by correctly positioning their tongue tip. The captivating illustrations help children visualize the skills as they learn. Clinician's notes are provided to more fully explain therapy techniques, troubleshoot potential problems, and give tips for successful sound production, and elimination of glottal stops. Activities to further develop the target skills are listed on the last page of the book.
Chippy Makes New Friends is the fifth book in the Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate Speech 6-book series. It may be purchased individually or in the 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).
- Hypernasality and nasal air emission can result from poor articulation skills due to velopharyngeal mislearning (Kummer, 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 tongue tip sounds should be introduced after the bilabial sounds (Golding-Kushner, 2001).
- Pairing voiceless consonants with whispered vowels is a common strategy to keep vocal folds open and eliminate glottal stops (Hardin-Jones, Chapman, & Scherer, 2006).
The Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate Speech Chippy Makes New Friends incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
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