When a child has a facial difference, the family often worries about the youngster’s future and the challenges that lie ahead. A major source of concern for the family is how to identify the myriad care specialists necessary to meet their child’s individual needs.
Florida’s only specialty center for children with craniofacial disorders at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a full-service resource. It offers comprehensive management for infants, children and young adults with craniofacial disorders, including, but not limited to:
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Craniofacial Center’s Mission
The Craniofacial Center is committed to providing the best multidisciplinary care for children and families with craniofacial differences. The center will provide comprehensive evaluation and management of all congenital and acquired craniofacial anomalies. It is the center’s goal to advance knowledge through education, community service and physician commitment. Through these efforts, Craniofacial Center will create a family-centered environment and a Center of Excellence for the care of individuals with craniofacial differences.
The first step in treating patients with craniofacial differences is to conduct a complete evaluation and make a diagnosis. Since each facial difference is unique, the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of various medical, surgical and rehabilitation specialists is required to develop a systematic, comprehensive treatment plan for each child.
The initial evaluation is conducted during a single appointment attended by a variety of team specialists. Following the assessment, the team members deliver a diagnosis and make recommendations regarding treatment and comprehensive/continuous care.
A Team Approach to Care
The members of the Craniofacial team work together to develop and deliver a coordinated plan of care to meet each child’s individual needs. The multidisciplinary team is comprised of specialists in the following disciplines:
- Audiology - Evaluates hearing
- Genetics - Evaluates inherited conditions
- Feeding and swallowing - Evaluates oral-motor feeding and swallowing
- Nursing - Oversees coordination of care
- Orthodontics - Corrects the position of the teeth
- Oral Surgery - Specializes in mouth/jaw surgery
- Otolaryngology - Treats ears, nose and throat problems
- Parent advocates - Provides support to families
- Pediatrics - Monitors growth and development
- Pediatric dentistry - Provides dental care
- Plastic surgery - Improves appearance and function by surgical means
- Prostodontics - Makes artificial teeth and mouth prostheses
- Psychology - Evaluates mental development and counsels
- Social Work - Helps with family dynamics and finances
- Speech language - Evaluates speech, language and resonance
- Team secretary - Schedules and coordinates appointments