2014 Conference on Velopharyngeal Dysfunction and Associated Speech Disorders :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

2014 Conference on Velopharyngeal Dysfunction and Associated Speech Disorders

October 3, 2014
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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Keynote Speaker

Kathy Chapman, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Utah

Dr. Chapman received her BS and MS degrees from Texas Tech University and her PhD from Purdue University. Dr. Chapman’s areas of specialization include child language development and disorders, language and speech sound disorders in children with cleft palate, and early intervention for children with cleft palate. Dr. Chapman teaches graduate courses in articulation and phonological disorders, cleft palate and craniofacial disorders, and research methods. Her research focuses on language and phonological development in babies and young children with cleft palate, as well as speech outcome following palate repair.

Other speakers will include Adriane Baylis, PhD, and Richard Kirschner, MD, from Nationwide Children’s Hospital Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program, as well as other members of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Center.

Conference Topics

  • Early intervention approaches for children with cleft palate
  • Evaluation of resonance and velopharyngeal closure for speech
  • Surgical management of velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Psychosocial implications of communication disorders and facial differences
  • Interdisciplinary team care for children with cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Articulation therapy approaches for children with cleft palate/VPD


During the afternoon session, there will be special “hands-on” interactive workshops with cleft palate SLP experts. During the workshops, attendees will review cases, practice developing treatment plans and goals, and obtain in-depth information about evidence-based treatment approaches. Workshop topics include: (1) early speech-language intervention and (2) school-age speech intervention.

This conference is designed primarily for speech-language pathologists working in hospital, school, or private practice settings, as well as speech pathology students and CFYs. Surgeons, social workers, nurses, and developmental specialists with an interest in expanding their general knowledge in the area of cleft palate may also benefit from attending.

For more information on the conference, please view our Registration Brochure.

If you have additional questions about our Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program or the 2014 VPD Conference, please email Christy Stocker.

To register, please visit our registration page.

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