Most children with isolated cleft lip and/or palate will not demonstrate delays in the
area of motor and cognitive (problem solving) skills; however, they are at risk for
speech-language delays. School age children with repaired cleft lip and/or palate
have shown to have an increase in reading and language-based disabilities so close
monitoring is recommended. Children born with cleft lip and/or palate as part of a
syndrome tend to have a higher risk for developmental delay.