Suboptimal Performance in Cleft Lip/Palate Children- Who is Responsible? SM04-SM05
Dr. Bhavana B. Lakhkar,
Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Shri B M Patil Hospital and Research Centre, BLDE University Bijapur, Karnataka, India.
Information in this article is from an observational study comparing intelligence in children with cleft lip and palate with normal children. Both groups performed “draw a man test”, the investigator noted the attitude and behaviour of children and their parents. The study shows low, but normal intelligence quotient in children with oral defects as compared to normal. The probable reason for sub-normal performance appeared to be overprotective attitude of parents and poor self esteem of children with oral defects.