The Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI) team at Children's Hospital is known for a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to evaluating and caring for children who have, or are suspected of having, velopharyngeal insufficiency, or VPI. This disorder results in the improper closing of the soft palate muscle near the back of the throat during speech, allowing air to pass through the nose instead of the mouth. Patients with VPI typically have nasal speech and are unable to pronounce strong consonants such as "p," "b," "d," "g," and "t."
The mission of the VPI team is to assure that each child receives a coordinated, multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation leading to a customized, systematic plan of action to eliminate or improve the speech problems associated with VPI. This comprehensive approach requires a full time coordinator and an experienced team of medical and rehabilitative specialists.
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