A New Therapeutic Technique for the Treatment of Velopharyngeal Incompetence A new therapeutic technique for the treatment of velopharyngeal incompetence during speech was administered to four subjects ranging in age from four to 19 years. The technique is an operant procedure designed to utilize successive approximation to competent speech via competent blowing or whistling closure mechanisms. The technique is based ... Articles
Articles  |   February 01, 1975
A New Therapeutic Technique for the Treatment of Velopharyngeal Incompetence
 
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Articles   |   February 01, 1975
A New Therapeutic Technique for the Treatment of Velopharyngeal Incompetence
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1975, Vol. 40, 69-83. doi:10.1044/jshd.4001.69
History: Received June 17, 1974 , Accepted August 30, 1974
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1975, Vol. 40, 69-83. doi:10.1044/jshd.4001.69
History: Received June 17, 1974; Accepted August 30, 1974

A new therapeutic technique for the treatment of velopharyngeal incompetence during speech was administered to four subjects ranging in age from four to 19 years. The technique is an operant procedure designed to utilize successive approximation to competent speech via competent blowing or whistling closure mechanisms. The technique is based on cinefluoroscopic observations of normals utilizing the same closure mechanism for speech, blowing, and whistling plus videofluoroscopic observations of cleft-palate subjects who were capable of attaining normal closure patterns for blowing and whistling, but not for speech. It is speculated that speech incompetence in individuals who can achieve closure during blowing and whistling is a result of an error in learning.

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