Songs from the Outback: The Effectiveness of Music in Treating Articulation Disorders in Children Aged 2–5 Years with Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction The Royal Children's Hospital Speech Pathology Department (RCH SPD) provides services to children with Cleft Palate (CP) and velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD) in a geographical region that is more than twice the size of Texas, with 30% of the children residing in regional areas. The geographical distribution of the population means ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2014
Songs from the Outback: The Effectiveness of Music in Treating Articulation Disorders in Children Aged 2–5 Years with Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sarah C. Kilcoyne
    Speech Pathology Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Herston, QLD, Australia
  • Helen Carrington
    Music Therapy Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Herston, QLD, Australia
  • Katie Walker-Smith
    Speech Pathology Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Herston, QLD, Australia
  • Helen Morris
    Speech Pathology Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Herston, QLD, Australia
  • Anita Condon
    Speech Pathology Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Herston, QLD, Australia
  • Sarah C. Kilcoyne

    Disclosures: Financial: The writing and production of this resource was funded by the Children's Health Foundation Queensland, and the Independent Grocers Association.

    Nonfinancial: Sarah C. Kilcoyne, Helen Carrington, Katie Walker-Smith, Helen Morris, and Anita Condon have no nonfinancial interests to disclose.

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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2014
Songs from the Outback: The Effectiveness of Music in Treating Articulation Disorders in Children Aged 2–5 Years with Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2014, Vol. 24, 59-66. doi:10.1044/ssod24.2.59
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2014, Vol. 24, 59-66. doi:10.1044/ssod24.2.59

The Royal Children's Hospital Speech Pathology Department (RCH SPD) provides services to children with Cleft Palate (CP) and velopharyngeal dysfunction (VPD) in a geographical region that is more than twice the size of Texas, with 30% of the children residing in regional areas. The geographical distribution of the population means that many families are unable to access local speech therapy. To address this problem, the RCH SPD and Music Therapy departments (MTD) collaborated to create a clinical resource for regional children and families. The package is intended to facilitate an increase in children's consonant inventory, frequency of vocalizations, vocabulary, and communicative opportunity and increase oral airflow during speech. It is also intended to facilitate family-centered care and increase the parent and child's motivation to participate in speech therapy activities within the home environment. The clinical resource has now been distributed to 70 children with cleft palate in Queensland. This paper presents results of preliminary evaluation of the program and explores the use of music to facilitate speech sound stimulation for children with CP and VPD aged 2–5 years. This resource will be of interest to speech therapists and families with limited or no access to services.

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