Children with clefts should be thought of as, with few exceptions, normal children who happen to have been born with a birth defect. Cleft palate is among the most treatable birth defects. Families of children with clefts should be encouraged to learn as much as they can about clefts and then to teach those friends and family members that surround them about what they learned. This will ensure that no one carries misconceptions about what a cleft palate is and what it means for the child. Children with clefts sometimes face teasing issues due to their appearance or speech issues. Encourage your child to be confident. Ensure that everyone at home is warm, supportive and accepting. Get your child involved in sports, music and other curricular activities.