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UW Professor, Students Take Part in Wyoming Cleft Palate Team Clinic


November 5, 2010 — Division of Communication Disorders Professor David Jones and six University of Wyoming second-year graduate students recently participated in the Wyoming Cleft Palate Team's clinic in Casper.

Children born with cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial conditions often face a number of medical, dental and speech and hearing problems, Jones says. Established in 1967, the Wyoming Cleft Palate Team conducts biannual clinics that allow children to be evaluated and treated by an interdisciplinary group of specialists who work together -- and with the family -- to develop and update a child's plan of treatment.

Jones was among a team who visited with patients and their families, while the UW students observed during the clinic. The second-year graduate students were Amber Abel, Meeteetse; Angela Cotherman, Laramie; Carissa Lee, Eugene, Ore.; Andrea Whitaker, Powell; Lindsey Worrall, Worland; and Eden Yourkowski, Bellingham, Wash.

Children who come to the Wyoming Cleft Palate Clinic can be evaluated by a plastic or oral-maxillofacial surgeon, pediatric dentist, orthodontist, otolaryngologist, audiologist, or speech-language pathologist. Typically, the children are assessed regularly by the team until young adulthood.

Clinics are funded by the Wyoming Department of Health's Dental Health Services.

For more information about the Wyoming Cleft Palate Team, contact Jones, at (307) 766-5712 or e-mail DLJones@uwyo.edu. Information about cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial conditions can be found on the Cleft Palate Foundation Web site at www.cleftline.org.

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