Daniel's story

Speech Pathology Outpatient Daniel with Cara Crage, Speech Pathologist at PCH
Cara Crage and Daniel at PCH
August 23, 2018

As part of Speech Pathology Week (19-25 August 2018) we're bringing you the story of one of PCH's Speech Pathology outpatients. 

Meet Daniel. 

Daniel is a delightful, almost four year old boy who was born with a cleft lip and palate which were repaired surgically in his first year of life.

Children with a history of cleft palate often need to see a Speech Pathologist for help with the development of their speech sounds and/or to improve the way that their palate works. 

Daniel regularly comes to see Cara Crage, a Speech Pathologist who works on the Cleft Lip and Palate team in PCH’s Speech Pathology Department.

When Daniel first started therapy with Cara, he had a tendency to pull his tongue backwards when he was talking. This meant it was difficult for Daniel to make sounds that should be produced with his tongue at the front of his mouth. This made his speech quite difficult to understand.

Daniel has been seeing Cara for 1 ½ years now and his speech has improved tremendously. He works very hard in therapy, and his favourite game is Pass the Parcel. Daniel’s dad says that he is especially easier to understand by people outside of the family who don’t speak to him every day.

Well done to Daniel for all his hard work and the progress he's made with his talking!