Stuttering

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(Stammering; Disfluent Speech)

Stuttering – Definition

Stuttering is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is interrupted by:

  • Repetition or prolongation of sounds, words, or syllables
  • An inability to begin a word

In an attempt to speak, the person who is stuttering may:

  • Frequently blink the eyes
  • Have abnormal facial or upper body movements

Cleft Lip

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(Oral-Facial Clefts; Cleft Palate)

Cleft lip –  Definition

An oral-facial cleft is a birth defect. It occurs when the lip or the roof of the mouth do not form properly. The defect may include a cleft lip, a cleft palate or both. A cleft lip is a gap in the upper lip. It is usually just below the nose. A cleft palate is a gap in the roof of the mouth or in the soft tissue at the back of the mouth. In the majority of cases, a cleft lip and cleft palate may both occur.