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Understanding Cleft Lip and Palate

presented by Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

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Financial: Ann W. Kummer receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She also receives royalties from her book Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management (4th edition) and from a clinical device, the Oral & Nasal Listener (ONL). She receives honoraria for seminars on cleft palate, craniofacial anomalies, resonance disorders, and velopharyngeal dysfunction and receives payment for consulting on business practices of speech-language pathology programs.

Nonfinancial: Ann W. Kummer has no relevant nonfinancial relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 37 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

In this course, the presenter will describe the types and causes of cleft lip and cleft palate. There will be a discussion of the classification of clefts and the sequence of embryological development of the lip and palate. Finally, the presenter will describe the cause and anomalies that occur with Pierre Robin sequence.

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Ann W. Kummer, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

Dr. Ann W. Kummer retired as senior director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in September 2017. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children's became the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer remains clinically and academically active as a professor…

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1. Types and Causes of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

This chapter will include a discussion of the types of cleft lip and cleft palate, including the extent of each type of cleft. The characteristics of submucous cleft will be discussed. The genetic and environmental causes of clefts will also be explained.

2. Classification of Clefts and Embryological Development of the Lip and Palate

This chapter will cover the basic cleft palate classification of clefts of the lip and palate based on the sequence of embryological development.

3. Pierre Robin Sequence

This chapter will begin with a definition of a sequence in embryological development. The effects of micrognathia on the tongue and palate will be described. Finally, the characteristics and treatment of Pierre Robin sequence will be discussed.

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