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Importance for early speech and language intervention in children with Cleft lip and / or palate

Cleft of lip and /or palate (CLP) is an opening in the lip and / or palate. It is a very visible birth defect, affecting the development of a child in many domains. Speech and language development is affected in children with CLP, impairing a child’s communicative skills. Early speech and language intervention before and after surgery, is therefore essential for a child with CLP to attain age appropriate speech and language skills.