Palate Investigation Clinic

A proportion of children with significant speech problems, despite on-going therapy, will need a specialised assessment of how the palate moves during speech. An assessment in the Palate Investigation Clinic usually involves a whole day and includes a speech assessment and one, or both, of the following special investigations:

A Videofluoroscopy involves talking whilst taking a continuous X-ray, which allows palate movement to be seen from the side.

Nasendoscopy involves a very small camera looking into the child’s nose to see the palate move from above.
It will help your team to determine whether speech therapy alone, or possibly further surgery, is required to help your child’s speech.