What prompted you to originally write Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management?
AK: In 1998, I started teaching the Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Course at the University of Cincinnati. As I was preparing my PowerPoints, test bank, and lectures, I was frustrated because the only textbook available simply focused on theories and research studies and was not clinically focused; therefore, not suitable for my students. Because I am a passionate clinician and have a great deal of practical clinical experience with this population, I decided to write a practical book for students and practicing clinicians alike. My goal was and continues to be, sharing with students what I had learned through years of experience working in the clinics exclusively with patients with cleft palate and craniofacial conditions.
How have you seen the field grow and change during your time as Senior Director, Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center?
AK: I have seen many changes in our field since beginning my career at Cincinnati Children’s. One change is the expansion of our scope of practice to other related areas (i.e., dysphagia, cognitive disorders, reading disorders, accent reduction, etc.). In addition, there has been a huge increase in the volume of pediatric patients who require our services, particularly in the areas of autism and apraxia. Finally, changes in healthcare funding (and even changes in the schools) have required speech-language pathologist to be more efficient in service provision in order to contain our costs, while also increasing our quality and clinical effectiveness. Although this textbook has a focus on cleft palate and craniofacial conditions, the evaluation and therapy chapters provide efficient and effective methods that apply to all children with speech sound disorders.
What resources/features of your textbook do you think are most valuable to students and instructors?
AK: That’s a hard question. I guess it comes down to a few features— a plethora of clinical videos, the PowerPoint Slides for each chapter and the bank of multiple choice questions. There are a total of 298 videos, housed in the online library, that have been edited and organized in order to streamline use. There are videos of speech samples, evaluation techniques, videofluoroscopies and nasopharyngoscopies, and even videos of specific speech therapy techniques for compensatory productions. The instructor can use the PowerPoints as is, or modify them for their own style. The questions can be used by the student to help themselves study, or can be used by the instructors for examination. This book provides a complete set of resources for instructors and students.