Coordinator's Column It was another Tuesday in the imaging lab. The first patient was a preschooler who had undergone a Furlow palatal re-repair to treat velopharyngeal dysfunction, and had returned for postoperative assessment. She had changed speech-language pathologists since I had last seen her. Her current treatment program included gum massage, cheek ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   October 01, 2007
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SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2007, Vol. 17, 1-2. doi:10.1044/ssod17.2.1
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2007, Vol. 17, 1-2. doi:10.1044/ssod17.2.1
It was another Tuesday in the imaging lab. The first patient was a preschooler who had undergone a Furlow palatal re-repair to treat velopharyngeal dysfunction, and had returned for postoperative assessment. She had changed speech-language pathologists since I had last seen her. Her current treatment program included gum massage, cheek puffing (x20) with a mirror under her nose, and blowing paper clips across the table. My perceptual exam made it immediately clear that her resonance was now normal, but the pharyngeal fricative substitution for /s,z/ remained unchanged since her last clinical visit and was not being addressed in her current treatment. Only four treatment sessions remained of the 10 authorized by the insurance for postoperative care.
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