Chippy and his sister Twitch teach children to use oral airflow to make the /f/ and /v/ sounds in this storybook especially for children with a repaired cleft palate.
- Produce the /f/ and /v/ sounds
- Prevent or eliminate glottal stops in production of the /f/ and /v/ sounds
- Improve intelligibility of speech
Chippy Plays with Cars builds on the skills learned in the first two books in the Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate series. Correct production of /f/ and /v/ brings articulation to the front of the mouth and helps prevent the production of glottal stops.
The captivating illustrations help children visualize the target 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. Activities to further develop the target skills are listed on the last page of the book.
Chippy Plays with Cars is the third book in the Early Articulation Books for Cleft Palate Speech 6-book set. This book 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 /f/ and /v/ sounds should be the first fricatives targeted because they are anterior, visible, and the earliest-developing fricatives (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 Plays with Cars incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
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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.
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