Parent led articulation therapy (P.L.A.T) is a new method of speech therapy currently being trialled by a research project part-funded by CLEFT. We know about two thirds of children born with a cleft palate require speech therapy. In the UK, therapy provision in the community is inconsistent and it can be very difficult to get enough or appropriate 'cleft specific' therapy. CLEFT has supported the GOSH arm of a randomised controlled trial with Temple Street Hospital, Dublin to find out whether it is possible to train parents to work on their child's speech difficulties themselves, supported by a team of therapists and technology.

The potential of this project could make amazing differences to the way speech therapy is given and it could have significant implications for overseas countries where little or no speech therapy support is available.