The importance of early vocalizations in infants born with cleft palate
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Research has proven that early vocalizations are a crucial component of normal language development in children. While there is a considerable body of research about the significance of early vocalizations in normal language acquisition, very little research exists about the presence and importance of early vocalizations in infants born with cleft palate. This paper provides a review of studies that focus on early vocalizations in normally developing children. This is followed by a review of the research comparing the development of early vocalizations in children with cognitive impairments or hearing impairments. Finally, research that studied early vocalization development in infants born with cleft palate is reviewed and discussed. As a result of the review of research, further implications about remaining issues and future areas of research are discussed.