Speech and language are a struggle for our cleft kiddos. Making sure you have a cleft team around you to support you and your family is key. Starting speech therapy early is necessary to build their introral muscles and to prevent nasal emission.
Obtaining and IEP (Individualized Education Plan) at the preschool age is another factor in transitioning into speech therapy offered as a service through the public school system. Private therapy is always expensive and not always covered through insurance. The IEP ensures that your cleft kiddo will receive services at the elementary school level and beyond should they need it.
Reading therapy with an Educational Specialist could be just what your cleft kiddo needs to bridge the speech and language gap that is a struggle for them. I have written about our speech and reading challenges and encourage you to find the help you need.