When appropriate, the Carle Cleft Lip and Palate Team recommends treatment such as speech-language therapy, psychological counseling, surgical intervention or prosthodontic treatment. The team also makes referrals to other health care professionals, including neurosurgeons, prosthodontists, orthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, general dentists, pedodontists and geneticists. Further developmental, medical or educational evaluations may be suggested.
Members of the team are always available to answer questions and address concerns or problems common to the child or the family of the patient. Specialists can answer questions about breast feeding and bottle feeding, ear infections and associated hearing problems, dental problems and speech-language development.