- What is cleft lip and palate?
- Cleft lip and alveolus
- Cleft palate
- Unilateral cleft lip and palate
- Bilateral cleft lip and palate
- Financial aspects
Speech and language development with a cleft lip and alveolus
Children learn to talk by imitating the speech behaviour in their immediate environment, because people are speaking around them from the time they are born, and because people also specifically talk with them and to them. Your child’s first cries and babbling sounds come by themselves – these are unlearned, spontaneous sounds. From then on, interaction with the people around them becomes very important for real speech and language development. Children gradually begin to produce more different sounds and then their first words. They learn these variations in sounds and words through imitation. Speech and language develop from this process of imitation. Good hearing, a good environment for listening, sufficient sensitivity to language and an environment that stimulates the use of language are all vital for your child’s speech and language development.