Benjamin is currently 4 years old.  He has been in speech therapy since he was two years old.  He was adopted from China when he was 14 months old.  Benjamin has a diagnosis of Van Der Woude Syndrome and bilateral cleft lip and palate.

When Benjamin started therapy he was not talking at all. He was mainly pointing and grunting to express his wants and needs.  A few months after Benjamin started therapy, he started putting words together and speaking in sentences.  Due to his impaired oral structures from the bilateral cleft lip and palate, it was very difficult for Benjamin to make clear speech sounds.  He had pharyngeal flap surgery for velopharyngeal insufficiency about a year ago and now he is starting to produce more sounds clearly. 

Benjamin is a hard working and positive patient.  He is continually going to doctor’s appointments throughout Cincinnati Children’s due to his extensive medical history, yet he never complains and always has a smile on his face.  This is attributed to his supportive and amazing family.  His mother, Julie, works everyday with him and attends every speech therapy session. 

Mrs. Strasser commented, “Speech therapy has helped our son Benjamin in so many ways.  Not only has he gone from being non-verbal to speaking in full sentences, he recently gained the articulation skills for his preschool to better understand him.  Therapy has given Benjamin a wonderful confidence on top of his basic speech skills.” 

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