This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.
1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)
Should you adopt a child with cleft lip or cleft palate? What is involved with this special need? In this course, four medical specialists working with children with cleft lip/palate discuss adopting children with this common special need. Our experts are: Dr. Andrea Smith, a dentist specializing in dental and facial prosthetics, clinical director at Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic in Lancaster Pennsylvania; Dr. Thomas Samson, pediatric plastic surgeon at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, co-director of the Penn State Hershey Craniofacial Clinic and the Penn State Hershey Vascular Anomalies Clinic; Abbie Ellis, a feeding specialist at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic; and Maureen Rostolsky, a speech therapist who specializes in working with children with cleft lip and palate at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.
This course includes:
- What is cleft lip and cleft palate exactly?
- What is the difference between cleft lip and cleft palate?
- What causes this condition?
- Is it usually a stand alone special need or condition or does it come in combination with other special needs or conditions?
- How is it corrected?
- How many surgeries are usually required?
- Is it always fully correctable?
- Does the ability to correct cleft lip or cleft palate depend upon the age of the child at adoption?
- What are the dental implications of cleft lip/palate?
- What age do orthodontics begin?
- Is it possible for a child with cleft lip/cleft palate to breastfeed?
- Would a supplemental nursing/feeding system help?
- What are the speech implications for cleft lip/cleft palate?
- How much of the treatment is covered by insurance?
Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.
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