December 21, 2010 Columns

Resources for Clients With Cranio-Facial Abnormalities

In the past, children with velo-pharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) performed oral-motor exercises such as blowing ping-pong or cotton balls. Although such oral-motor exercises for these children are available online and are probably harmless, this type of intervention is no longer considered a treatment protocol for individuals with VPI.

Here are a few articles about oral-motor exercises:

Bedwinek, Kummer, Rice, and Grames, in "Current Training and Continuing Education Needs of Preschool and School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Regarding Children With Cleft Lip/Palate" (Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2010) conclude that when treating children with craniofacial abnormalities, SLPs want "communication with the cleft/craniofacial team, accessible continuing education through websites and conferences, and clinically practical information relevant to the school setting." This column responds to that plea by identifying websites with clinically practical information.

Assessment and Intervention 

Assessment Resources 

Intervention Resources 

Other Important Resources 

A final valuable resource is ASHA's Special Interest Division 5, Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, which made several suggestions for this column. The division publishes Perspectives and hosts a discussion forum for members.   

Judith Maginnis Kuster, MS, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at An archive of all of Kuster's columns can be found at URLs change, however, and there is no guarantee that links from previous columns are still functional.

cite as: Kuster, J. M. (2010, December 21). Resources for Clients With Cranio-Facial Abnormalities. The ASHA Leader.


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