Assessment and Treatment of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
Course Type: PDF White Paper
The process of determining how to improve communication of someone who is not able to build up intraoral pressure can be incredibly intimidating. What do we target? Are there things we can focus on despite structural limitations? How do we know what to target if we don’t know the cause of the insufficiency? Do we wait to begin treatment until after surgery is completed? Do we need a medical evaluation before beginning therapy?<br/>
This course will equip you with tools you need to tackle working with velopharyngeal insufficiency. It includes the reproducible VPI Pyramid which provides a simple framework for evaluation and rapidly creates baseline objectives for therapy.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Professional area, Introductory level).
Participants will be able to:
- Discuss typical characteristics of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
- List strategies for treating and evaluating Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
- Identify the areas of speech development that might be affected when a child has VPI
- Describe similarities and differences between children with typical development and children with Velopharyngeal Insufficiency