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 platslt@icloud.com.


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Parent Led Articulation Therapy (PLAT) Update

Parent Led Articulation Therapy (PLAT) is an exciting new Speech & Language Therapy project which aims to find out if empowering parents by training them helps their child overcome their speech problems related to cleft palate.

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 platslt@icloud.com.


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Moving on from Cleft team in Temple Street

Professor Tri­ona Sweeney began her career in the Children’s University Hospital (CUH), Temple Street, Dublin, over 35 years ago and throughout that time has made a major contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of cleft-related speech problems. She is an internationally recognised author of many academic papers, and most recently contributed a book chapter to ‘Cleft Palate Speech’ along with other prominent figures in the field of cleft. Continue reading


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The Dublin Cleft Centre Conference

“Cleft Lip and Palate: The Journey of Care from Birth to Adulthood”

Venue: Hilton Dublin Hotel, cheap Charlemont Place, Dublin 2 (location map below)

The aim of the conference is to provide an overview of the journey of care of a baby born with Cleft Lip & Palate from birth to adulthood.  (Access Registration Form below)

This conference is suitable for Neonatologists, Paediatricians, Obstetricians,Surgical Trainees, Speech & Language Therapists, Orthodontists, Dentists, Nurses, P.H.N. & Midwives, General Practitioners and other interested Health Care Professionals.

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New Co-ordinator Appointed (September 2005)

We are delighted to let you know that Laura Duggan has recently been appointed as Cleft Co-Ordinator succeeding from Claire Kelly. She will operate between St. James’s Hospital and Our Ladies Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin, Dublin.

Laura comes into the team with a General Paediatric Nursing and a Managerial background. Having most recently worked as a Ward Manager in The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Laura has a considerable amount of experience in Paediatric/Family Centered Care. We wish Laura well and look forward to working with her in her new role.


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