Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness

By AASLJuly 1, 2019

Many of us are familiar with cleft lip and cleft palate; however, there are a variety of other craniofacial conditions that affect children each year and that have major implications on children’s development, including abnormal head shape, Cherubism, Craniosynostosis, EarWell™, Ear Deformity/Microtia, Encephalocele, Eye Socket Anomaly, Facial Fracture/Trauma, Fibrous Dysplasia, Hypertelorism, Jaw Deformity, Nasal Deformity, Pierre Robin Sequence, Plagiocephaly, Sleep Apnea, Tumors and Scar Revision/Removal.

Approximately 7,000 children are born with cleft lip and/or palate each year. Children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate often undergo several major surgeries followed by intensive therapy that places a burden on families both financially and emotionally. These conditions can impact so much more than just physical appearance; they can affect feeding, hearing, orthodontics, speech production, social interactions, and the emotional well being of the children.  Source:

Studies highlight the need for strategies for women, of childbearing age, to help prevent craniofacial defects. Strategies include helping control diabetes and preventing tobacco and alcohol exposures during pregnancy ― all actions individuals can take that hold promise for preventing birth defects, including craniofacial defects.

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All About Speech & Language Co-Founder and Speech & Language Pathologist, Brieann Y. Papp has been a part of this strong little boy’s journey from initially suspecting a undiagnosed cleft palate through several surgeries and treatment over the last three years.

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