The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland Information Evening 2016

The Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland Information Evening 2016

Thursday 24th November at 8pm, (Doors open from 7:30), Clarion Hotel Dublin, near Liffey Valley.


8:00pm Welcome & Annual General Meeting

8:20pm “I found speaking pretty hard to do”, The impact of parents, teachers and speech therapists working together

Presented by Angie Dromgoole Mother, Audrey Byrne Teacher, Antonia Hussey SLT and facilitated by Roberta Fleming, Speech Language Therapist, Temple Street, CUH

8:50pm Dental Health getting the Best Results for Children Born with a Cleft

Presented by Dr Eleanor Mc Govern, Consultant Paediatric Dentist,Temple Street CUH

9:20pm Tea/Coffee & General Chat

Information evenings are a great way to meet people so please come along. To help us plan r.s.v.p. to Admission is free.


Smile, it’s Autumn!

It is that wonderful time of year again when the world appreciates smiles, and smiles of all types. It is also the time of year when charities around the world that help people with facial differences come together to both campaign for the people they represent and also to fundraise.

We’d love you to send us in your photos and also to help us fundraise this year. We are partnering with Operation Smile, a charity that supports operations for children with clefts across the developing world.

We are encouraging local communities to help us out this October by having tea mornings, bakes sales at work or school, book clubs and any other idea you can think off to raise money for us and Operation Smile.

If you want to get in touch, or if you are interested in helping us out please contact

CLAPAI Family Day 2016

CLAPAI’s most anticipated and fun day of the year is back again for 2016 and will be held from 10am on Saturday 18 June at the Tallaght Leisure Centre!

We are planning a fun, active day for the kids and a social atmosphere for parents to meet with plenty of surprises throughout the day!

You’ll find a booking form attached here which you can send back to us. Family Activity Day 2016 Booking Form & News V1.3

Watch this space for further details of the day.


Parent Led Articulation Therapy (PLAT) Update and Call for Volunteers.

The Parent Led Articulation Therapy (PLAT) project has been on-going for a number of months now and the research group so far is showing very promising results.

To get the best results possible for everyone we are encouraging new volunteers to get involved.

This two centre study is being run by Dr. Triona Sweeney, Trinity College Dublin and Dr. Debbie Sell, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Parents are encouraged to participate in this study as this will help us find out whether this novel new approach to speech therapy for children with cleft palate related speech problems is effective. Four parents who have already attended the training course were extremely positive about the programme. Following the home programme they said that “you feel like you are instrumental – taking some power yourself”, and how they realised that children “need a little bit every day, a weekly appointment is not enough”.

If you want further information about the project contact your cleft unit or Triona by phone at 085 1754614 or email