Velopharyngeal Incompetence The Need for Speech Standards Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   August 01, 2004
Velopharyngeal Incompetence
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mary Pannbacker, PhD
    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport
  • Contact author: Mary Pannbacker, PhD, Mollie E. Webb Speech and Hearing Center, 3735 Blair Street, Shreveport, LA 71103. E-mail: mpannb@lsuhsc.edu
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Viewpoints
Viewpoint   |   August 01, 2004
Velopharyngeal Incompetence
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2004, Vol. 13, 195-201. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2004/020)
History: Received August 19, 2002 , Revised February 11, 2003 , Accepted March 23, 2004
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 2004, Vol. 13, 195-201. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2004/020)
History: Received August 19, 2002; Revised February 11, 2003; Accepted March 23, 2004
Web of Science® Times Cited: 4

Speech-language pathologists are often involved in the diagnosis and treatment of velopharyngeal incompetence (VPI). Some speech-language pathologists have extensive educational and clinical experience with VPI; others have limited training and experience. Thus, the quality of speech-language services for people with VPI is heterogenous, and it ranges from poor to excellent. There are, as yet, no specific guidelines for speech-language pathologists providing services to people with VPI. Optimal services require specific guidelines for training and experience. The purpose of this article was to (a) review speech-language pathology standards and qualifications, (b) provide reasons for identifying qualified speech-language pathologists, and (c) identify strategies for reduction of risks involved in the delivery of speech-language services for people with VPI.

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