Speech Resonance - Cleft Palate
Speech resonance services are offered to individuals with altered sound production and nasal speech often associated with cleft palate. Speech-Language Pathologists are integral members of Stony Brook University Medical Center’s Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team and provide a full range of evaluation and treatment services to children and adults with this condition.
Hypernasal speech refers to a “nasal” sound that is heard in speech production. Nasal emission is audible air through the nose, which may also be present in someone with a cleft palate. In the English language, there are only 3 sounds that allow air to pass through the nose (m, n, ng). Some children may have weakness in closing off the nose from the mouth when speaking (sometimes even after surgical repair). Therefore, sounds that require a lot of air pressure may pass through the nose and result in nasal sound of speech. One may try to compensate for the inability with substituting or distorting sounds. Speech errors may either be due to normal development, structural deviations related to a cleft palate or learned behaviors.