Tagged with:Parents

  • Family Focus Group

    7 Feb 2024

    CLAPA is delighted to announce the launch of a new Family Focus Group in 2024.

  • ‘Sound Play’ with Speech and Language Therapists

    1 Dec 2023

    Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapists Rhian Hoccom, Lisa Farquhar and Helene Somerville discuss the benefits of 'Sound Play' and how you can help support your child's speech through their special books and CLAPA's 'Babble and Play' sessions.

  • Jerry-Leigh’s Story

    19 May 2022

    Charlie was diagnosed with a cleft lip & bilateral talipes at our 20-week scan; he measured a small head, which made professionals think there was more to it than what meets the eye.

  • Theresa’s Story

    18 May 2022

    I guess our story begins where most others do. We found out our baby has a unilateral cleft lip & palate at our 20-week anomaly scan. At first, Tom & I weren't really that bothered - we didn't know much about it; apart from that, it affected how a child looks and can be fixed.

  • Rachael’s Story

    13 May 2022

    Rachael's daughter Anya was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Rachael reflects on their journey over the past year from diagnosis to lip repair surgery.

  • Nick’s Story

    28 Jun 2019

    "The cursor in the search bar blinked. Fingers sat motionless on the keys. Is this what we want to do? What are we hoping to find out? Why am I thinking, “how bad will it be?” Why her? Will she be okay? What will her life be like? All the questions that you may have wistfully imagined answers to while watching the sunrise now cascaded in search of answers in front of a monitor. The idea of finding out as frightening as not knowing."

  • World Mental Health Day 2018

    10 Oct 2018

    Wednesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day 2018. Read more about how being born with a cleft can affect your mental health, and how CLAPA is working to support people like you.

  • Parent and Peer Supporter Service

    13 Aug 2018

    When you’re going through a tough time, sometimes the only thing that helps is talking to someone else who’s been through it all before and can understand exactly what you’re going through.

  • Awareness Week 2018: Shirley-ann and Beth’s story

    10 May 2018

    Speaking to Beth, now ten-years-old, it’s clear that being born with a cleft has not held her back. She speaks cheerfully about school and is excited to tell her story. “I’m fine to talk about it at school if people ask,” she explains. “I don’t worry about explaining everything. I just tell them ‘this is something I was born with’.”

  • Awareness Week 2018: Katie’s Story

    8 May 2018

    "One of the toughest things about having a child with cleft is knowing that when they are under one year old you will have to take them into a hospital to have surgery. They will have to have general anaesthetic, to endure hours on the operating table..[i]t is a real challenge for you as a new parent, and something that we wouldn’t wish on anyone."