Cleft Palate Symposium


Cleft Team Care, Community Education and Professional Collaboration

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Held at the Hilton DoubleTree Guest Suites
1707 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Cleft Team Care involves the collaboration and coordination of multiple specialties to achieve an optimum result for a person born with a cleft lip &/or palate. The children are seen by pediatricians, plastic/maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, speech pathologists, social workers, geneticists, nurses, as well as a variety of consultants as indicated for individualized needs. This is the ‘standard of care’ set by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). Since 1969 Saint John’s Health Center has provided a forum for the exchange of information and strategies of care with specialists in several fields, focusing on community-based providers and families. Our comprehensive program combines morning lectures and discussion, with study session options in the afternoon.

This year’s featured guest speaker is Lynn Marty Grames, MS, CCC-SLP, Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute, St. Louis Children’s Hospital as well as Instructor in both the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as Department of Orthodontics, St. Louis University. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles published in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, Language Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, JAMA Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery, and the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences as well as invited seminars at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Grames has authored chapters in several notable multidisciplinary text books including Comprehensive Care for Craniofacial Deformities edited by Jeffrey Marsh, MD and Comprehensive Cleft Care, and Comprehensive Cleft Care Family Edition, both edited by Joseph Loose, MD and Richard Kirschner, MD. Most recently announced Fellow, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, she is a consummate clinician’s clinician presenting invaluable information not only to the SLP’s in the audience but to everyone interested in the care of children with cleft/craniofacial differences. She will present a breakout session on speech management for cleft/craniofacial and VPI.

Stanley Miyawaki, DMD, MS, Team ortho¬dontist has recruited a range of specialists from the Team, dental schools, and private practice for a breakout session highlighting dental and orthognathic surgical advances contributing to improved outcomes.

A third breakout session entitled “Families as Leaders in Craniofacial Team Care”, will be moderated by pediatrician Danelle Fisher, MD. Discussion regarding the joys, stresses, and challenges in raising a child who happens to have a cleft or craniofacial difference will include a panel of families and professionals, with guidance by Alexis Johns, PhD, ABPP, clini¬cal pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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