Monthly Archive

SLP Corner: Tips for Making a Successful Cleft Palate Team Referral

[Source:  ASHA Leader Live]

A school-based speech-language pathologist is assessing Eleanor, age  6, when she notes an unusual articulation pattern and nasal quality to Eleanor’s speech. Although Eleanor does not have a cleft palate, the SLP has concerns about palatal function and wants to refer her to a team of professionals specializing in disorders of resonance and velopharyngeal function for further assessment. She asks, “Where do I begin?”

Most people with a cleft palate begin working with an interdisciplinary team at birth. However, SLPs occasionally need to seek the guidance of such a team when they suspect velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD) as a cause of a speech issue for a client. The SLP may refer to a team to establish a diagnosis, determine treatment, request specialized assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal function, or seek advice on managing the case.

Read the Rest of this Article on the ASHA Leader Live

PediaStaff hires pediatric and school-based professionals nationwide for contract assignments of 2 to 12 months. We also help clinics, hospitals, schools, and home health agencies to find and hire these professionals directly. We work with Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, School Psychologists, and others in pediatric therapy and education.


Latest Jobs