"This reasonably priced book is a must for anyone working in Early Intervention. It’s not just for parents of children born with clefts. Much of the information applies to any child in Early Intervention. Of particular note–detailed information on speech and language development, specific activities for facilitating speech and language in the home environment, and a concise overview of key issues in the care of children with clefts–feeding, hearing acuity, surgery, and dental care.
This is a required text for my graduate course in cleft palate-craniofacial disorders. However, students continue to use the ideas in outplacements and work settings. They also indicate that this book crystalizes concepts detailed in their other required texts. Other comments included: 'the authors did a very nice job of tailoring information to parents,' 'the authors explained topics well,' 'I will use this book in future work-settings.'"
Anne Bedwinek, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Missouri
Mercy Children's Hospital-Retired, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Center, St. Louis, MO
"While cleft palate is one of the more common birth defects, its implications for language development are significant. This accessible, research-based guide is recommended for all parenting collections."
-Library Journal, February 15, 2016
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"What an incredible resource for parents and professionals, alike! It is so important for parents to understand the difference between the mechanics of speech and the development of language skills in their children born with cleft lip and/or palate. This book outlines typical speech and language milestones, the possible physical limitations, as well as surgical and non-surgical interventions. It not only encourages parents to incorporate speech therapy at home and in daily life, but gives them the tools to do it. The book doubles as a resource for speech and language professionals in both the school system and the community; I recommend it to every professional looking to increase their knowledge and the value of their interventions with these children."
Executive Director, AmeriFace
"As you may have already noticed, this guidebook covers every possible topic as it pertains to children with cleft lip and palate. Following the informative chapters are a glossary, resources, references, an index, and detailed biographies for each author. I would highly recommend this book even if you are not currently working with a child who has a cleft lip and palate, especially if you are working in early intervention, a hospital-based setting, and/or private practice because you will want this resource handy for your next client with this condition."
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"This well written text fulfills a great need in our work as cleft team professionals, that of actively engaging the parents of babies and toddlers with cleft palate in their early speech and language development. Parents will appreciate the authors' clear explanations of the many ways that they are able to initiate and promote their child's skills. Medical professionals will find this an important resource to routinely recommend to their young families."
-Mary O'Gara, M.A., CCC-SLP
Cleft/Craniofacial Team Administrator
Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago, Illinois
"This book is an invaluable resource for any parent who has a child born with a cleft lip/palate, and the definitive guide for parents to help their children develop normal speech. As a pediatrician who treats children with cleft lip and palate and the parent of a child with Pierre Robin sequence, I wish I had this book when my baby was born. I would have felt much better prepared to make the best choices, not only about helping my daughter learn to speak clearly, but also about choosing a cleft team, feeding, and dealing with ear infections and hearing issues."
-Rebecca Powers, MD, IBCLC, FAAP
Village Pediatrics and Breastfeeding Medicine
"[A] reader-friendly resource written especially for parents of all backgrounds...."
-Library Bookwatch, December 2015