Nathan was born with a high palette - the arch in the roof of his mouth is narrow and high. As Nathan develops and begins to speak this will become an impediment to his articulation. The structure of our mouths is critical to the proper pronunciation of words - the palette plays a critical role in the verbal formation of words. Now, what does all this have to do with the dentist?
On December 8th, Nathan will have his first consultation with a pediatric dentist and the topic of conversation will be a palette expander. I've recently been made aware of the fact that such a device exists by a friend who spent 11 years employed by one. I'm curious to learn if it can help Nathan before he really begins communicating verbally! The device literally pushes the palette out - thereby, decreasing the arch and narrowness of his mouth. I'll keep you posted on the outcome.