The Craniofacial Team provides prenatal consultations to community providers and expectant parents for diagnosis, feeding assistance and family support.
Our board-certified pediatric radiologists are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood illnesses using the most advanced imaging procedures available. Connecticut Children’s adheres to the national Image Gently standards to limit radiation exposure to children while still providing safe, high-quality pediatric imaging.
Genetic counseling services are available allowing for early detection of genetic disorders, resulting in early intervention for craniofacial abnormalities assisting families with making informed decisions for their child.
Speech-language pathologists on the craniofacial team work with children and families who suffer from swallowing, feeding, hearing, and communication problems caused by head and neck defects. Connecticut Children’s speech-language specialists offer a broad range of therapies to improve speech of patients who have had surgery to correct clefts or were born with impaired hearing.
Who’s Who on the Care Team
Every member of the Craniofacial Team plays an integral role in the comprehensive care each child receives.
- Clinical care coordinator specializes in care coordination within the Craniofacial Team.
- Dentists treat dental anomalies and jaw deformities.
- Developmental pediatricians consult on the physical implications of patients who have developmental delays and pervasive developmental disorders.
- Medical photographer documents common craniofacial features to track changes as the patient progresses through treatment.
- Neurosurgeons perform surgery to treat congenital cranial and spinal disorders, trauma, hydrocephalus, brain and spinal cord tumors and vascular malformations.
- Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform surgical procedures treating the entire craniomaxillofacial area, including the mouth, jaws, face, and skull.
- Orthodontists are dental specialists who focus on irregularities of the teeth and jaw.
- Otolaryngologists lend expertise on airway disorders, neck masses and abscesses, salivary glands and facial nerve disorders.
- Plastic surgeons perform surgery to treat deformities of the skull, ear, nose, lip, palate, and facial skeleton.
- Speech-language pathologists conduct critical swallow assessments to detect skill deficits in swallowing along with rehabilitative verbal communication functions to patients with mouth or ear deformities.
- Social workers support families with coping strategies and resources.