Brooklynn Koeller couldn’t wait to start preschool this fall — and she wasn’t taking no for an answer. As an only child, she was excited to make friends and learn her colors, letters and numbers alongside them. The strong and determined little girl wasn’t going to let her speech delay quiet her determination to […]
Beyond the impact on a child’s physical appearance, correcting a cleft lip and palate can aid in the ability to speak, chew and swallow. In this Children’s Channel video, Ananth Murthy, MD, director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses the treatment of this birth defect.
Aydan was born full term but when he was born he was unable to eat or breath on his own. He had to be life-flighted to Akron Children’s Hospital an hour after he was born. We soon found out he was born with a full bilateral cleft palate and Pierre Robin Sequence.
My son, Rhett Parkhill, was at Akron Children’s Hospital as a newborn with a cleft palate. He was 7lb, 2oz and 20 inches long. He stayed a week in the NICU.
Kelsey Bingham took a big leap of faith – moving from Akron to Utah, where she is a freshman at Brigham Young University. But it wasn’t that long ago that Kelsey was a child undergoing a series of surgeries to correct a cleft palate.
Learning to speak and speak well can be a lifelong process, with much of the speech development occurring in the preschool and early school-age years.