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:

  • pediatrics
  • plastic surgery
  • psychology
  • social work
  • pedodontics oral surgery
  • prosthodontics
  • orthodontics
  • audiology
  • otolaryngology
  • speech therapy
  • nursing
  • nutrition

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).