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    Cleft Lip and Palate: The SLP Role in Medical Multidisciplinary Care from Birth to Adolescence

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this live stream event (BOTH count as LIVE Continuing Education!:):
  1. in the LIVE STUDIO audience in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. via LIVE STREAM around the world - Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer and interact with the instructor.

On average, one of out every 700 infants is born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Speech therapists are involved in a patient’s care from the beginning since babies with cleft lip and/or palate have feeding difficulties and often require the use of a specialized feeding system. During this intermediate course, we will review the role of the SLP within a multidisciplinary Cleft/Craniofacial team and how the role of the SLP changes throughout the child’s medical treatment. The course will address the management of feeding difficulties and appropriate selection of specialty feeding systems. We will review strategies for early intervention for speech/language development and characteristics of perceptual speech assessments in school-aged children with cleft lip and/or palate. There will also be a section specific to clinical decision making regarding velopharyngeal dysfunction and diagnostic speech imaging (videofluoroscopy and nasoendoscopy) procedures for resonance disorders. Video examples and case study presentations will be included.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Classify various cleft types and diagnosis
  • Explain timeline for surgical intervention for children with clefts
  • Identify appropriate methods for feeding infants with cleft lip and palate
  • Evaluate characteristics of speech and resonance with perceptual speech assessment
  • Describe pros and cons of diagnostic speech imaging studies- video nasoendoscopy (VNE) and speech videofluoroscopy (SVF)

Caitlin Lentz


Is a Speech Language Pathologist at Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas.She started working there after graduate school in summer 2016. Caitlin attended the University of Texas at Dallas for her Master’s degree and the University of Arizona for her Bachelor’s degree. She is currently an outpatient speech and feeding therapist and a speech therapist on the Cleft and Craniofacial Team. Her clinical focus is Cleft and Craniofacial feeding, Cleft and Craniofacial speech and resonance, instrumental assessment of swallow conducting videofluoroscopic swallow studies, and speech imaging for resonance conducting speech videofluoroscopy and nasoendoscopy studies. Caitlin has presented at various conferences including the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference in 2018 and 2019 and the Children’s Feeding Symposium in 2019 and 2021. She is a contributing member to a research article titled, “Improving the Accuracy of Automated Cleft Speech Evaluation” by James Seaward in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, 2018.

Financial Disclosure: Caitlin receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: None

Day 1

12:00 - 12:25
Cleft Diagnosis
12:25 - 12:40
Surgical Repairs and Timeline
12:40 - 01:25
Cleft Feeding and Specialty Feeding Systems
01:25 - 01:35
Multidisciplinary Team Care
01:35 - 01:50
01:50 - 02:15
Resonance Disorders and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction
02:15 - 02:40
Perceptual Speech Assessments for Articulation and Resonance
02:40 - 03:00
Speech Imaging (Nasoendoscopy and Videofluoroscopy)
03:00 - 03:15
Case Studies

Delivery VIA:

  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 3 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.3 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required

Intermediate Level


"Thank you for the informative slides and the excellent presentation. If possible, since printed slides are more difficult to view due to size, if the slices on the presentation could remain full-sized for a bit longer it would be helpful. "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022

"The presenter was prepared and knowledgeable about the topic. I would have preferred to have some time for audience Q&A. There was not time set aside for the presenter to take questions."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022

"Would have like to see more feeding videos."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022

"Maybe consider rating this a beginner level course"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022

"great job"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022