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Pediatric Telerehabilitation and Cleft Palate Teams

Cohn, Ellen R (2010) Pediatric Telerehabilitation and Cleft Palate Teams. In: American Telemedicine Association Mid-Year Meeting, 26 September 2010 - 28 September 2010, Baltimore, Maryland. (Unpublished)

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Cleft lip and cleft palate are common of congenital disorders, affecting ~ 1/750 live births. Children with orofacial clefts face a number of challenges between birth-18 years. It is widely recognized that because orofacial clefting presents many interrelated problems, the optimal standard of care for affected children is “team-based.” While the team approach has many benefits, (e.g., coordinated interdisciplinary care; reduced travel and clinic visits), cleft palate teams are rare in the rural US. Moreover, volunteer surgical teams that travel to underserved international settings typically remain for a finite time, and do not engage in the long-term follow-up that is essential for comprehensive care for children with clefting. This presentation described promising telerehabilitation applications for interdisciplinary pediatric cleft palate teams. Numerous cleft palate team functions (in whole or in part) could readily translate to telerehabilitation practice. These include: prenatal counseling; infant feeding instruction; pediatric consultations; pre-and post-surgical consultations; speech and language assessment and management; hearing assessment; orthodontic evaluation and planning; nutritional counseling; genetic counseling; psychological counseling; social work consultations; and, radiologic technique and interpretation.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cohn, Ellen Recohn@pitt.eduECOHN
Date: 26 September 2010
Date Type: Publication
Event Title: American Telemedicine Association Mid-Year Meeting
Event Dates: 26 September 2010 - 28 September 2010
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Communication Science and Disorders
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, funded by the National Institute of Disability Research and Rehabilitation (NIDRR), US. Department of Education Grant #H133E040012()
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2010 13:23
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 18:59


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