Special Considerations for Evaluation and Treatment of Spanish-Speaking Patients with Cleft Palate As the Spanish-speaking population in the United States continues to grow, there is increasing need for culturally competent and linguistically appropriate treatment across the field of speech-language pathology. This paper reviews information relevant to the evaluation and treatment of Spanish-speaking and Spanish-English bilingual children with a history of cleft palate. ... Article
Article  |   December 19, 2016
Special Considerations for Evaluation and Treatment of Spanish-Speaking Patients with Cleft Palate
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  • Ellen Moore
    Department of Speech, Language and Learning, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 2
Article   |   December 19, 2016
Special Considerations for Evaluation and Treatment of Spanish-Speaking Patients with Cleft Palate
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 41-49. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG5.41
History: Received June 1, 2016 , Revised August 9, 2016 , Accepted August 18, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 41-49. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG5.41
History: Received June 1, 2016; Revised August 9, 2016; Accepted August 18, 2016

As the Spanish-speaking population in the United States continues to grow, there is increasing need for culturally competent and linguistically appropriate treatment across the field of speech-language pathology. This paper reviews information relevant to the evaluation and treatment of Spanish-speaking and Spanish-English bilingual children with a history of cleft palate. The phonetics and phonology of Spanish are reviewed and contrasted with English, with a focus on oral pressure consonants. Cultural factors and bilingualism are discussed briefly. Finally, practical strategies for evaluation and treatment are presented. Information is presented for monolingual and bilingual speech-language pathologists, both in the community and on cleft palate teams.

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