Cleft Palate and VPI resources are hard to come by as it is, let alone information in Spanish. Even if you are a non-Spanish-speaking SLP who works with diverse populations, it would still be nice to have something to show parents and caretakers.
Highlighting Great Work in our Field
We accompany craneofacial mission trips to Mexico and Central America, and we’ve found that Spanish cleft palate resources are super rare. Luckily, Dr. Cate Crowley at Columbia University put together some great resources that are used throughout Latin America to train other professionals working with cleft palate internationally. See Dr. Crowley’s work on the right.
Dr. Crowley’s site includes 14 videos containing information about the developmental differences, evaluations, and therapy. Each video is in Spanish but has English subtitles to follow along if you don’t speak Spanish.
Spanish Cleft Palate Videos and Tutorials:
For Spanish speaking SLPs it is also registered with ASHA for .4 (4 hours of CEUs). The videos are in Spanish with English subtitles but the assessment and the readings are all in Spanish. The assessment piece has 20 audio/visual multiple choice questions and 55 written multiple choice questions. The audio-visual questions allow us to make sure people can identify different errors, as well as when an SLP makes errors in certain cleft palate speech strategies.
The VPI Pyramid
The Bilinguistics team has created a course that includes everything we have learned working abroad and at home in Texas. If you want to improve your treatment of cleft palate and VPI, check out this course: Maximizing Treatment Effects with VPI and Cleft Lip and Palate
It is packed with how-to videos and step-by-step instruction. It will equip you with the 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 pyramid will become a critical component of your VPI assessment and treatment.