Visual Training and Correction of Articulation Disorders by Use of Dynamic Palatography Serial Observation in a Case of Cleft Palate Reports
Reports  |   August 01, 1986
Visual Training and Correction of Articulation Disorders by Use of Dynamic Palatography
 
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Reports   |   August 01, 1986
Visual Training and Correction of Articulation Disorders by Use of Dynamic Palatography
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1986, Vol. 51, 226-238. doi:10.1044/jshd.5103.226
History: Received September 19, 1984 , Accepted February 27, 1986
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1986, Vol. 51, 226-238. doi:10.1044/jshd.5103.226
History: Received September 19, 1984; Accepted February 27, 1986

The dynamic palatograph is an electrical apparatus that generates a visual display of constantly changing palatolingual contact as a function of time, using an artificial palatal plate with affixed electrodes. This paper describes a technique of speech therapy incorporating dynamic palatography for a cleft palate patient. The patient, a 6-year-old Japanese girl with a repaired unilateral cleft lip and palate, had been judged to demonstrate articulation disorders involving contact of the tongue with the hard palate or alveolus following surgical improvement of velopharyngeal function. Prior to therapy the tongue tended to contact the hard palate more posteriorly than normal. After therapy with the dynamic palatograph, palatolingual contact was normal in comparison with average speakers.

Our findings suggest that the facility of constant visual indication of tongue posture to the clinician and patient during corrective speech therapy using dynamic palatography may expedite results with cleft palate patients in the speech clinic when implemented in a carefully structured treatment plan.

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