The Basics of Velopharyngeal Function: A Brief Review for the Practicing Clinician In this article, I will provide a basic overview of the normal anatomy and physiology of velopharyngeal function. I will address topics such as the gross anatomy of the velopharyngeal mechanism, identification of the anatomy and function of the velopharyngeal musculature, and patterns of velopharyngeal closure that occur. I will ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2012
The Basics of Velopharyngeal Function: A Brief Review for the Practicing Clinician
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  • David L. Jones
    Department of Communication Disorders, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • Disclosure: David L. Jones has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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Article   |   October 01, 2012
The Basics of Velopharyngeal Function: A Brief Review for the Practicing Clinician
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2012, Vol. 22, 25-35. doi:10.1044/ssod22.2.25
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2012, Vol. 22, 25-35. doi:10.1044/ssod22.2.25

In this article, I will provide a basic overview of the normal anatomy and physiology of velopharyngeal function. I will address topics such as the gross anatomy of the velopharyngeal mechanism, identification of the anatomy and function of the velopharyngeal musculature, and patterns of velopharyngeal closure that occur. I will also summarize the role of the velopharyngeal mechanism as it relates to aero-acoustic aspects of speech. Although the focus of this article is normal anatomy, I do include references to abnormal anatomy (e.g. cleft palate). I will include key points to an oral mechanism examination as it pertains to velopharyngeal function.

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