The story of Laxmi (Southern India)

Laxmi arrived in camp with her brother (who was also born with a cleft palate), mother, and uncle, who became her primary teacher. Both children had been operated on with successful surgical results, but they were left with largely unintelligible speech.

The children were ridiculed in their home village and were not full participants in school or village social life. There was no possibility of a normal life for them.

Certified trainers

The following individuals have completed training in the RSF-EARTHSPEAK speech retraining method called CORRECTIVE BABBLING® for individuals with cleft palate speech disorders.

These individuals have completed all required course competencies and clinical practica under the instruction and supervision of certified USA AND CANADIAN speech language pathologists and have been awarded certificates of authorization by RSF-EARTHSPEAK.


EARTHSPEAK is engaged in building parent speech training programs that complete the job that cleft palate surgery begins.

How we connect with others

When we engage with other people in life, we have two primary ways of connecting: We look at each other "face to face" and we use our speech to convey our thoughts and share our being.

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