This clinic for children who have cleft lip and/or palate or other facial malformations meets once a month. Each visit lasts approximately 4 hours.
Each child is seen by specialists including:
- plastic surgery
- social work
- pedodontics oral surgery
- speech therapy
The clinic is designed to provide examinations, not treatment. Children experience little if any discomfort. The specialists examine each child and work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan specific to that child.
Treatment objectives are:
- Normal jaw growth with normal facial form and appearance (normal dentition)
- Normal speech production
- Normal hearing
- Normal chewing/eating
These objectives are met through the coordinated efforts of the clinic's multidisciplinary team, including a surgical plan to be performed over a period of years. Children are evaluated on a yearly basis to guide the families of the child as he/she develops and to monitor the progress of the child.
The clinic comes under the guidelines by the State of Michigan for Children's Multidisciplinary Services (CMS).