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    Cleft Lip and Palate: Evaluation and Treatment of Speech and Resonance Disorders for the SLP

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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.

Children with cleft lip and palate present with a variety of speech, language, and resonance disorders. As a speech language pathologist in the school setting, it is highly likely you will encounter a child with a cleft lip and/or palate and be involved in their care. During this introductory course, we will review anatomy and physiology of speech mechanism and the impacts a cleft lip and palate has on speech and resonance. We will discuss evaluation and treatment for articulation disorders related to cleft lip and palate and highlight specific therapy techniques which can be used for children with compensatory speech errors. Videos will be incorporated for illustration and case study examples.

Course Objectives

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

  • Discuss normal velopharyngeal function and causes of velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Identify speech errors associated with cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Demonstrate appropriate methods for perceptual assessment of articulation and resonance
  • Apply appropriate speech therapy techniques for articulation errors
  • Determine the need for speech therapy vs. referral for surgical intervention

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

08:00 - 08:25
Cleft Types and Timeline of Repairs
08:25 - 08:45
Velopharyngeal function and dysfunction
08:45 - 09:20
Effects of VPI on Speech and Resonance
09:20 - 09:35
09:35 - 10:05
Perceptual speech assessments: Articulation and Resonance
10:05 - 10:55
Speech therapy techniques for articulation errors
10:55 - 11:15
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

Introductory Level


"Great presentation! Just some comments: I was interested to learn more about VP closure and the muscles involved so that I can provide as much parent/caregiver education as appropriate, but I'm sure it wasn't discussed in depth due to time constraints. Also some of the images (examples of a fistula, uvula, tonsils, etc.) did not appear, as I printed my manual in preparation for the seminar, but that is ok -- I was still able to follow along! Overall, great information in regards to speech techniques that I will surely try during my practice. Thank you "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022

"Such valuable and applicable information provided this morning. Thank you so much for this great course! "

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022

"Loved the video clips."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022

"Good information to refer to for ideas."

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022

"Good job"

- Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Mar 2022