Kids-Talk Project

Volunteer for Research:

This is a study of early speech and language development of children with cleft lip and/or palate who were adopted internationally. This study is funded by the National Institute of Health. For more information, visit this page.

Please click on the following links below for more information:


Communicative Acts and Word Acquisition in Toddlers with Cleft Palate

Normative Speech Accuracy Measures of Children

Parent Training to Support children's Speech and Language Development

Phonological Characteristics Before and After EMT in Preschool Children with Cleft Palate

Speech-language intervention for young children with cleft palate, Maximizing development from birth to 3 years

Assessment Considerations for Young Children

Efficacy of an early speech intervention for children with cleft palate

Longitudinal Comparison of Early Speech and Language Milestones in Children with Cleft palate-A comparison of American and Slovak children

Speech production changes during early intervention-children with cleft palate

Scherer, NJ & Louw, B. (2011). Early Communication: Assessment and Intervention Cleft Palate Speech: Assessment, Analysis and Intervention, In S. Howard & A. Lohmander (Eds) Cleft Palate Speech: Assessment and Intervention, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.'

Parent Resources:

Intro to EMT Handout

Mirroring and Mapping handout

What is Communication

Expansions Handout - 1 word

Play Handout (learning language through play)

Modeling Language

If interested in participating or referring a child, please contact:

Sarah Boyce, M.S., CCC-SLP


(423) 439-4712

Who can participate:


  • Who have cleft lip and/or palate. 

  • Who were adopted internationally.

  • Between the ages of 1 and 3 years. 

ETSU Speech -Language-Hearing Clinic, Johnson City, TN 37614