Orofacial Cleft Repair and Speech Therapy / Dr. Ramon Ruiz, Dr. Lakshmi Kollara Sunil

Orofacial Cleft Repair and Speech Therapy in a Global Context

Orofacial clefts are a common type of congenital facial malformations with relatively streamlined treatment methods. However, outcomes are profoundly dependent on the timing of successive steps of care. For international patients that receive care in the US, as well as internationally adopted children, cleft care prior to arrival in the US varies greatly. This workshop will interactively introduce the art of creating facial structures to repair clefts through surgery and the complexity of speech therapy for these multilingual and often older patients.