This health video focuses on the new music therapy for those people who have a cleft palate.
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Jennifer: Christine Saldivar was born with a cleft palate. Female: When he was born that’s what I noticed. It was terrible fro me. Jennifer: Surgery helped his appearance but not his speech. Well he still has worked to do a simple therapy as helped and improved and it has him singing. Female Speaker: You can see while he stands, he was having problem now he likes to talk a lot. Jennifer: Music therapy has long been used for behavioral problems now Ellis orthopedic hospital is using it to help kids with cleft palate. Libby Wilson: Many children who have difficulty with speech are very redescent to interact with other individuals. Music therapy makes interacting with other people fun Jennifer: In the one of the kind program music therapist Laurel Terreri does exercises that target problems unique to cleft palates. Laurel Terreri: We use a lot of strengthening activities like blowing into the sort of facility the movement of air from the lungs at the mouth. Jennifer: Reproductive sounds make practicing tough words fun. This one works Christine’s asked essay. Now this shy little boy isn’t afraid to show off a little. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.