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Development of Stop Consonants in Children with Repaired Cleft Palate

By David Zajac posted 03-29-2021 03:55 PM

  

The UNC Craniofacial Center is doing a research study on speech development in 2 year-old and 4-6 year-old children with cleft palate (with or without cleft lip). We are currently looking for children in these age ranges with repaired cleft palate.

The purpose of this research study is to find out if some common speech problems in children with repaired cleft palate get better as a child gets older. There are two parts. One part is to determine if a new test of palatal closure during speech in 2 year-old children with repaired cleft palate will predict palatal closure at older ages. The other part is to find out if some common speech problems in children with repaired cleft palate get better as a child gets older.

To be eligible for the study, your child must:

  • have been born at full term (36-40 weeks)
  • have repaired cleft palate
  • be about 2 years of age OR about 4-6 years of age
  • have learned English as the first language
  • not have a known syndrome
  • not have known developmental delays

This study is happening at the UNC Craniofacial Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with Principal Investigator Dr. David Zajac. The study is also happening at Nemours Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware with site investigator Dr. Linda Vallino, and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio with site investigator Dr. Adriane Baylis. Before participating in the study, your child will be screened to see if he/she is eligible.

Being in this study will involve hearing tests, audio recordings of speech, and assessment of nasal airflow during speech. Two-year old children will be seen for yearly study visits until age 5 (four visits over three years); four- to six-year old children will be seen for yearly study visits until age 8 or 9 (four visits over three years). Each visit will take about 1-2 hours.

There is no cost to participate in the study and parents will be told about how their child performs on these tests. Compensation will be a $50 gift card per visit with a bonus $50 gift card for completing all four visits. We will also compensate you for mileage if greater than 10 miles round-trip and parking.

If you are interested, please email us!

For the UNC Craniofacial Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina: stop_study@unc.edu

For Nemours / A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware: linda.vallino@nemours.org

For Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio: adriane.baylis@nationwidechildrens.org

Study #19-1004 approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Biomedical Institutional Review Board on 9/11/2019

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