Craniofacial Support Services & Therapies

The Cleft and Craniofacial Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive services:

Audiology

Hearing difficulties and middle ear dysfunction often occur in infants and children with craniofacial anomalies. We offer audiology services, including otoacoustic emissions, auditory brainstem response testing, emittance audiometry, behavioral audiological evaluations, hearing aid evaluations and fittings.

Child Behavioral Health

We recognize that mental health is just as important as physical health. Our team includes a child psychiatrist and other mental health professionals who provide support to your child and your family. Our child psychiatrist regularly attends our craniofacial team meetings to help to identify instances when a mental health issue may impact your child’s wellbeing. We then make appropriate treatment recommendations or suggest the appropriate supportive services.

Genetics

Our renowned genetics team helps determine what your child’s underlying diagnosis is and what is the clinical significance of that diagnosis. While in some instances, this may be obvious, for others the diagnosis may be elusive. Our team uses the latest in genetic sequencing and technology to help us find answers whenever available. As your child transitions to adulthood, our geneticists may provide family planning counseling to your child.

Oral Health Services

Pediatric Dentistry

It is important to ensure your child’s mouth is healthy, particularly during the first year when tooth development begins. Our pediatric dentists have the expertise to take care of children with cleft and craniofacial diagnoses — a skill many community dentists do not have.

Orthodontics

In children with cleft and craniofacial conditions, teeth can be misaligned, or in some cases, missing. Our orthodontists work with our pediatric dentists to assess your child’s oral developmental before their teeth even grow in. As your child grows, they perform surgical and non-surgical procedures to ensure your child’s jaw and teeth develop properly.

Pediatrics

Our mission is not only to take care of your child’s cleft or craniofacial diagnosis but also to make sure that their overall health is being attended to. That’s why our team includes pediatricians who help us ensure that we are addressing all facets of your child’s health. When necessary, our pediatricians help coordinate care with specialists your child might benefit from seeing.

Speech and Language Pathology

Our speech and language pathologists (SLP) begin working with your child soon after birth. In some children, particularly those with cleft palates, feeding may be an issue. Our certified SLPs have the expertise in proper feeding techniques to ensure your child is successfully feeding and growing. As the child grows, our SLPs focus on speech development, which includes assessments of your child’s physical ability to speak and the quality of the speech produced. The SLPs work hand-in-hand with our surgeons to help determine when speech therapy might not be adequate, and therefore speech surgery is indicated. Our SLPs work together with your child’s local speech therapist to ensure common goals and important skills are acquired.

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Contact

The Cleft and Craniofacial Center
at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

161 Fort Washington Ave., Suite 511
New York, NY 10032

Call: 212-305-4346