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Child born with cleft lip and palate and recommended speech therapy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My 4 yrs. old child born with cleft lip and palate had various correction surgeries and now problem is with speech disorder. Gone to a speech therapy centre for 1 yr. but no use. done parygoplasty surgery for speech correction but no major improvement. The plastic surgen also mentions that there is no specialised place for speech therapy. Can u help me in this regard which will enable my kid start talking ..
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am reading ur query
Doctor :   Please wait
User :   OK
Doctor :   I am a General Physician, I believe I can help
you within my expertise and If required I
shall recommend a specialist.
Doctor :   Where do you live now?
User :   We reside in and the surgeries were done in specialist hospital
Doctor :   I assume there are speech therapy centers
Doctor :   But i need to do search
Doctor :   what exacly u want
User :   ofcourse, there are therapy centres but the child doest gain any improvement.
Doctor :   So there are multip[le plastic surgeries
Doctor :   And the child gine for theraphy
Doctor :   Is the surgery completely sealed the cleft
User :   Yes, completed
User :   but the doctor have purposefuly put a hole on the palate
User :   means there is a hole between the nose and the mouth
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   It is common for children who are born with a cleft palate to have speech problems at some time in their lives. Over half of them will require speech therapy at some point during childhood. However, many children who are born with a cleft palate develop normal speech by the age of 5
User :   so what u recommend
Doctor :   sorry there are techncal problem ]
User :   is there a specialised well known doctor in who is famous for speech corrections
Doctor :   Did u get my messages
User :   yes, the last one is sorry there is a techinical problem
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   The speech-language pathologist will be able to assess your
Doctor :   child;s speech production
Doctor :   and language development
Doctor :   and make proper theraphy recommnedations
Doctor :   I will search
Doctor :   If the time is out I will email ok
User :   ok
User :   ok
Doctor :   Call these numbers whether they can handle kids with speech problems with cleft lip/palate
Doctor :   Make sure
Doctor :   They may or may not
Doctor :   and Research center which offers therapy
Doctor :   Are you familiar with this city
User :   who is the doctor
Doctor :   See this is a hospital
Doctor :   In the website they say handle lot of problems
Doctor :   Articulation Disorders, Cleft Palate Speech Rehabilitation, etc
Doctor :   So I recommend this
User :   is tha audiologist a doctor?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   Audiology is a different branch
Doctor :   They have special degree
Doctor :   It is not speciality in medicine
User :   going to specialised doctor instead to a audiologist better ?
Doctor :   Doctors will not do all jobs
Doctor :   they do recommnedations
Doctor :   Technical people handle the jobs
Doctor :   Did u go to cotor for speech theraphy in the past
Doctor :   Did u go to doctor for speech therapy in the past
Doctor :   But the audiologists are well skilled
Doctor :   they handle lot of these patients
Doctor :   They have common protocols according to probelm
Doctor :   I think u better consider Audiologist and Speech Therapist
User :   yes, we met a doctor in and he only recommended to start speech therapy. problem is with the frontliners who give training to the child are not skilled and experienced.
Doctor :   Here I am asking the doctor did not give the theraphy
Doctor :   Am I right?
Doctor :   Speech therapist is like an Physical therapist
User :   no, he reffered to the audiologist and she guided us to the trainer
Doctor :   That is what I am telling u
Doctor :   They will have the team
User :   ok thanks doctor.
Doctor :   Audiologist is one part of the team
Doctor :   So they will work as team
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