Language and Play Development in Toddlers with Cleft Lip and/or Palate

Nancy J. Scherer, Linda D'Antonio

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The relationship between play gesture performance and language milestones was examined for 6 children with cleft lip and/or palate at 20, 24, and 30 months of age. Standardized measures of language development, language samples, and a play gesture protocol were administered and analyzed at each assessment. Results showed language delays for several of the children with cleft palate and displayed a complex relationship between play and language development. The results show parallels between single object use and vocabulary development as well as sequential play gestures and structural aspects of language use. Data from this study demonstrated slow play gesture and language development for children with cleft palate only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Cleft palate
  • Language delay
  • Play development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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