First Place

by Kate Gaynor
This book has been designed to help children to understand and accept the effects of cleft palate, cleft lip or any speech impediment in their lives and most importantly, how best to overcome them. Children with cleft palate or any child with speech or language difficulties can feel very isolated and confused as to why they cannot communicate as their peers do. This book helps children realize that they are not alone in their feelings and that many other children just like them, have to contend with similar speech difficulties. Through the main character, children learn that they can overcome their speech problems by working closely with their speech therapist and not being afraid to try. The book also gives parents an opportunity to discuss any feelings or anxieties that the child may have in regards to their speech difficulty.

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