Choosing a Craniofacial Team
Many health centers across the country are qualified to treat cleft and craniofacial disorders, but not all offer a multidisciplinary team that can care for the variety of related issues that can occur. At CHOC, we not only have a uniquely comprehensive team, we also offer easy coordination with every specialist including scheduling, communication and follow-up treatments. We always work closely with families to carry out a plan that is sensitive to a child’s needs.
Our multidisciplinary team includes:
• Plastic surgeons
• Otolaryngologists (Ear, Nose and Throat)
• Pediatric dentists
• Speech and language therapists
• Genetic counselors
• Social workers
At the close of every team clinic session, the entire craniofacial team gathers to discuss each patient and aspect of his or her treatment. From there, our program coordinator maps out a plan for families and stays in close communication to ensure a seamless experience from start to finish. Our program coordinator serves as a point of contact to answer any questions and acts as an advocate for families along the way.
Through our membership with the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, we also offer access to educational resources regarding treatment and support issues.