Assessment of Children with Repaired Cleft Palate and VD

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Presenters: Kerry Callahan-Mandulak, SLP and Barbara Moore, MA CCC-SLP
Course Preview:
Dr. Kerry Callahan Mandulak and Barbara Moore will define and discuss the differential diagnosis of articulation and resonance patterns in this population through the selection and use of assessment tools and techniques, proper administration of such tools, and appropriate evaluation, interpretation, and documentation of assessment results. In addition, we will discuss the correlation between accurate diagnosis and formulation of treatment goals and the appropriate referrals to medical and allied health professionals.

This course is the first of a 6 hour presentation on assessment and treatment. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the basic anatomy/physiology of the velopharyngeal mechanism, as well as the classification of cleft palate
  • Identify key speech characteristics of children with repaired cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Identify assessment tools used in the diagnosis of speech and resonance patterns in cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction
About Kerry: Dr. Kerry Mandulak’s clinical career has been focused on the assessment and treatment of children and families affected by cleft lip and palate, velopharyngeal dysfunction, and other craniofacial disorders. Her clinical interests formed the basis for her research interests pursued during her doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including applying acoustic analysis techniques for investigation of speech production and speech perception in children with repaired cleft palate. She finished her doctorate in September 2009.

Dr. Mandulak is active in the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association and was recently elected to the executive council. Locally, she serves on the Medical Advisory Committee for Smile Oregon, a not-for-profit organization committed to improving care of children affected by cleft lip and palate in Oregon. In addition to cleft palate and craniofacial disorders, Dr. Mandulak is passionate about working with people who stutter. She is a member of the local stuttering support group, loves mentoring students with this specific clinical interest, and provides speech therapy whenever she can.

About Barbara: 
Barbara Moore, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the owner/Clinical Director of Speech Pathology Associates, in Irvine, CA and has been practicing speech pathology for over 35 years. She received her masters degree from California State University, Los Angeles and was awarded a clinical fellowship in cleft palate/craniofacial at Duke University Medical Center. Barbara has been active with the Childrens Hospital of Orange County Cleft/Craniofacial Panel for 30 years. In addition, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine and an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University in Orange, CA where she teaches the cleft/craniofacial seminar.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
30 Minutes: Basic anatomy and physiology of the velopharyngeal mechanism

30 Minutes: Articulation and phonology disorders

30 Minutes: Resonance disorders

60 Minutes: Voice Disorders associated with velopharyngeal dysfunction

  • Language disorders
  • Assessment procedures
  • importance of patient history
  • Collaboration with the cleft palate team

 30 Minutes: Video/audio samples of articulation/resonance/voice disorders and their assessments


Disclosure statement: 
Financial: Dr. Kerry Mandulak and Ms. Moore, are speakers for and receive royalty payments.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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