Some babies are born with a gap (cleft) in their lip, gum (alveolus) or roof of their mouth (palate). Some babies can be born with a gap in just their lip (isolated cleft lip), just the roof of their mouth (isolated cleft palate) or they may have a gap in all three. Children with an isolated cleft lip (a gap in only their lip) do not usually have speech difficulties related to their cleft.
Children who were born with a cleft palate will have contact with a speech and language therapist from a very early age to provide advice on how best to encourage speech development and as their speech develops. Many children born with a cleft palate will develop speech like a child who was born without a cleft palate. However, some children may require ongoing support specific to their cleft and some may require support with speech difficulties which are not related to their cleft. The level of support provided varies from child to child as this is dependent on their individual needs.
Within East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) we have specialist speech and language therapists who work in partnership with the Cleft.NET.East team. We also liaise with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Team.
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