The Craniofacial Clinic is a collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS), KIDNETICS and Childrens’ Rehabilitative Services (CRS); the latter of which is a program through SC Department of Health & Environmental Control.
This clinic provides a team approach for children with facial differences & their families. It includes evaluation by individual team specialists at regular intervals. The team meets collectively after each clinic visit to plan and provide the best care possible. The team looks at all aspects of growth and development and identifies concerns for the long-term plan of care. The team develops a coordinated care plan for the patient, while seeing the patient at one location, which saves the family time, expense & unneeded stress.
The clinic is currently being held monthly in Greenville & every other month in Spartanburg.
This multi-disciplinary team is made up of specialists dedicated to the care and evaluation of children with craniofacial abnormalities. Our specialists include: pediatric plastic &/or oral and maxillofacial surgeon, geneticist & genetic counselor, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, audiologist, orthodontist, nutritionist, & social worker.
The Role of the Speech-Language Therapist
Specifically, our KIDNETICS speech pathologists assess and monitor your child’s speech and feeding development throughout childhood to ensure they are receiving appropriate services. Craniofacial abnormalities including cleft palate will impact speech and feeding.
In addition, we assist physicians by evaluating the Velopharyngeal Mechanism to determine if therapy, surgical intervention, or further testing is required. KIDNETICS offers a variety of services including Vital Stim (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) for feeding difficulties, Modified Barium Swallow Studies, and additional procedures including Fibroenscopic Examination of Swallowing and Nasoendoscopic Examinations of VPI in conjunction with Greenville ENT.
The Role of the Occupational Therapist
Our KIDNETICS occupational therapists assess and provide intervention strategies for feeding difficulties, pre-op tissue preparation, post-op scar management, and the respiratory system’s impact on feeding and sound production. Our therapists specialize in newborn bottle and breast feeding strategies, specifically for the cleft lip/palate population; and if needed, can also perform a Modified Barium Swallow Studies. They also ensure that all motor development and sensory processing needs of a child are being addressed.
Like the speech pathologist services in this clinic, the occupational therapist role is more specialized than traditional therapy that addresses global developmental needs. Both disciplines refer to KIDNETICS for ongoing therapy if & when it is appropriate.