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Cleft Palate Speech: Causes, Identification, and Assessment (WEB1384)

Presenter(s): Judith Trost-Cardamone, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

From glottal stops to learned nasal emission, this course will help you hone your knowledge and clinical practice skills in assessing speech disorders associated with cleft palate/VPI. The speaker will discuss procedures and techniques, and share audio and video clips to demonstrate how to assess the variety and uniqueness of speech deviations seen in cleft palate cases. You’ll also learn how to distinguish “learned” from “obligatory”/physically based problems.

This is the first in a two-part course is designed to bring you comprehensive information on cleft palate assessment and treatment. See Part 2: Treatment and Team Interaction.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • identify, analyze, and summarize speech errors associated with cleft palate/VPI
  • perform a speech-screening assessment with someone suspected of a cleft palate/VPI
  • describe the difference between obligatory and learned errors
  • describe the pattern of phoneme-specific nasal emission


  • Speech Deviations Associated with Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction
  • Anatomic Underpinnings
  • How Does a Cleft Palate Impact Speech Production?
  • A Close-up Look at (and Listen to) Cleft Type Speech Characteristics
  • Compensatory Articulations (CAs)
  • Clinical Assessment of Cleft Type Speech Disorders
  • The Orofacial Exam
  • The Perceptual Speech Assessment
  • The Role of Instrumental Studies of VP Function
  • Case Presentations

What is Included?
You'll get online access to all the course content, including the full video, handouts, and references so you can access it from anywhere!

Assessment Type
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 5
ASHA CEU*: 0.5
Item #(s): WEB1384
Available Through: February 17, 2026