Date of Award

Spring 5-28-2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Mandy J. Williams

Second Advisor

Beate Wone

Third Advisor

Jean Caraway


velocardiofacial syndrome, education, communication, palate, speech, children, psychiatric disorder, psychotic disorder

Subject Categories

Body Regions | Diagnosis | Early Childhood Education | Educational Methods | Elementary Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Medical Education | Medical Specialties | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology | Surgical Procedures, Operative


Children with velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS) have a variety of complex needs. Research shows that VCFS is characterized by a combination of medical problems, developmental delays, and learning disabilities, which vary from child to child. This syndrome also puts adolescents at a higher risk for developing psychiatric and psychotic disorders. The complexity of symptoms that can arise from VCFS can influence the ability of these children to communicate, socialize, and learn effectively. This literature review aims to discuss literature for caregivers, educators, and physicians to aid children effectively and understand their challenges relating to speech, communication, and education. This topic is important to me because my younger brother was diagnosed with VCFS at birth. After understanding the background of the syndrome from the formation of the palate, speech production, communication, and emergence of psychiatric disorders, it is much easier to make the necessary adjustments to assist these children to learn more effectively.



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