Professional Services

The Cleft Palate Center team may provide these professional services:

Plastic surgery

  • Evaluation of the newborn and consultation with parents and referring pediatrician or family physician
  • Pre-surgical nasal alveolar molding
  • Cleft lip and nasal reconstruction and cleft palate repair in infancy
  • Orthognathic surgery, lip and nasal reconstruction, secondary palatal surgery as needed

Pediatric/adolescent medicine

  • Intake consultation and medical case management
  • Feeding evaluation and assessment
  • Collaboration and continuity of care with the private pediatrician or family physician
  • Collaboration and consultation with subspecialty pediatric services when needed- genetics, cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, endocrine, developmental services
  • Collaboration with social services to assess parent’s needs and address family concerns

Speech pathology

  • Infant and toddler speech and language assessment and stimulation program
  • Preschool and school age speech assessment and individual therapy
  • Adult speech and language evaluations and treatment


  • Newborn hearing assessment including auditory brainstem studies
  • Complete pediatric and adult audiology evaluations


  • Treatment of chronic otitis media including placement of ventilatory tubes
  • Evaluation and treatment of laryngeal problems


  • Feeding assessment and recommendations to prevent "failure to thrive syndrome"
  • Parenting skills enhancement and education
  • Community outreach program

Social work

  • Supportive services for patients, parents and families
  • Single session counseling
  • Information and referral


  • Educational assessment
  • Counseling
  • School intervention help
  • Assistance in adolescent adjustment problems
  • Individual and family support programs available


  • Pediatric dental assessment and referral


  • Infant evaluation and treatment of oro-facial clefts with molding devices when indicated
  • Orthodontic evaluation and treatment including preparation for alveolar bone graft and orthognathic surgery


  • Speech aids
  • Prosthetic dental restorations


  • Diagnosis clarification
  • Genetic counseling for recurrence, and prevention

Oral surgery

  • Dental implants

Other team resources

  • Nasometry
  • Nasoendoscopy
  • Video fluoroscopy