The Cleft Palate Story

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9781556427787: The Cleft Palate Story

When a child is born with a cleft lip and/or palate, parents are often left with unanswered questions and a lack of information as to what to do and when to do it. The Cleft Palate Story is a unique and comprehensive book that provides parents with the answers to those questions and helps them to understand and successfully manage the problems associated with their child’s cleft.

Dr. Samuel Berkowitz has designed The Cleft Palate Story to serve as a go to” reference for parents of children with clefts as well as a primer for oral and plastic surgeons, orthodontics, speech- language pathologists, audiologists, social workers, geneticists and nurses looking to enhance their understanding. Inside The Cleft Palate Story the different types of clefts, the causes of clefting, and the treatment options are examined. A clear and positive format is used to help parents reduce their anxiety over the unknown but treatable consequences of cleft lip/palate treatment and to prepare them for the examinations, medical and dental procedures, and hospital admissions.

The Cleft Palate Story also explains the various methods used in clinical management, including surgery, orthodontics, and speech and hearing rehabilitative techniques. Additionally, this generously illustrated book includes an impressive appendix of valuable resources including information on insurance, finding support groups, and cleft-related publications and videos available on the market.

Combined with the assistance of parent support groups and trained professionals, The Cleft Palate Story prepares parents for the challenges they will face, to understand the treatment plan developed by the cleft palate team, and details how this condition can be managed to have a successful outcome.

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Dr. Samuel Berkowitz DDS, MS, FICD, an orthodontist, was a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery associated with South Florida Craniofacial Anomalies Program at the University of Miami School of Medicine. His main goal was to develop teaching materials in cleft palate for professionals in plastic and oral surgery, orthodontics, and speech language pathology. He is president of the Miami Craniofacial Anomalies Foundation and is active in the American Association of Orthodontics, Florida Cleft Palate Association and the Edward Angle Society of Orthodontists. He has published widely in the medical and cleft palate journals and is the author of Volume I and the editor of Volume II of Cleft Lip and Palate Perspectives In Management, First Edition; has co-authored, Plastic Surgery of the Facial Skeleton with S. A. Wolfe, MD; and has written The Cleft Palate Story, First Edition for the parent of a child born with a cleft. Dr. Berkowitz is a popular speaker on cleft lip/palate topics and has presented many workshops and seminars in the United States and abroad. His research interest focuses on improving surgical-orthodontic treatment planning for cleft lip and palate children as well as those with other craniofacial anomalies. Currently, Dr. Berkowitz is project director of a clinical research program that is studying the long-term effects of various surgical treatment procedures on palatal and facial growth and development. His extensive serial clinical records of dental casts, lateral cephaloradiographs, facial and intraoral photographs and panorexes are going to the National Museum of Health and medicine, associated with Walter Reed Hospital’s Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC, where it will be available for continued study.

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The book clearly covers the problems associated with cleft lip and/or palate and the management of the anatomic problem itself, as well as various associated problems This is an excellent resource for parents and caregivers of patients with cleft lip and/or palate and the physical, functional, financial, and management issues associated with these problems.” Stuart D. Josell, DMD, MDent Sc, Doody’s Enterprises, Inc.

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