As the classic reference on cleft palates for more than 25 years, 'the blue book' continues to be the single, essential source on cleft lip and palate for all members of the craniofacial team. This essential text provides a unique and comprehensive approach to cleft assessment, treatment, and management, with new and revised content that will keep you at the cutting edge of cleft lip and palate treatment and therapies.
Reviewer:Irene Shetzline Jackson, M.A., CCC-SLP(Theraplay, Inc.)
Description:Everything speech pathologists need to know about cleft palate is covered in this book, including anatomy, physiology, related disorders, surgical and medical management, speech assessment and treatment, and quality of life issues. The previous edition was published in 2001.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date book on cleft palate for speech therapists, who can use it as refresher, and students, who can use it as a reference. A companion book, The Clinician's Guide to Treating Cleft Palate Speech, Peterson-Fazone et al. (Elsevier, 2006) is meant to be used while practicing.
Audience:The intended audience is practicing speech-language pathologists, teachers of graduate courses, and students, and it is appropriate for all of them. The authors are professionals working across the fields of speech pathology and otolaryngology specializing in craniofacial anomalies.
Features:The book begins with a description of cleft lip and palate and its etiology, including related craniofacial disorders, which includes a review of genetics, anatomy, and physiology. The second section covers surgical management and management of dental and hearing disorders using many photos and diagrams. The third section provides specific, in-depth information on assessment and treatment of speech-language disorders and management of velopharyngeal dysfunction. Finally, the last section covers issues related to quality of life. This book is unique in its overall depth and breadth of information, the use of many pictures and case examples, and the attention to the social and psychological impact of these disorders. The only flaw is that all the illustrations are in black and white, when color illustrations would have resulted in enhanced quality and clarity.
Assessment:As a graduate level instructor, I used the third edition of this book and its companion while teaching a course. I also have used the current edition and the companion while assessing and treating my patients. I was pleased with both and would recommend them to instructors and practicing clinicians. This update was needed to provide the most current information on surgical and medical management and to reflect the changes in treatment approaches as research and technology evolves.