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A PEEP into speech and language intervention for children with cleft palate

A structured, naturalistic intervention approach (EMT+PE) can improve both vocabulary and speech outcomes for children with cleft lip and/or palate.

August 11, 2021

Ready to build your inventory of cleft palate assessment and intervention strategies? Let’s review a study that highlights an approach combining both vocabulary and speech sound targets: Enhanced Milieu Teaching with Phonological Emphasis (EMT+PE). We touched on this approach in another review back in August 2020, but here we see the same approach applied with Portuguese speakers.


Scherer et al. highlight that EMT+PE uses “naturalistic, conversationally-based strategies in the context of play and routines to target key speech sounds, based on individualized goals, through developmentally appropriate words and phrases.” In this study, they compared speech and language performance using this intervention method compared to a control group…

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