A Conference for
Patients and Families
Friday, April 17, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
A day for parents and patients presented by the Cleft Palate Foundation
(Session topics, times, and presenters are subject to change.)
Friday, April 17, 2009
Saturday April 18, 2009
Please know that Connections is a very informal, family-friendly day! You and your children are invited to move between Connections sessions, childcare, snacks, and lunch as needed throughout the day. Please remember to communicate with caregivers at all exchanges.
Dr. Earl J. Seaver, PhD
President, Cleft Palate Foundation
Keynote Speaker: Molly J. Foote, MEd, NCC
Molly is CEO of Cultivating Connections™. Her company specializes in developing communication activities for people of all ages. She is the creator of Branch Out!®, an interactive game and curriculum, which is currently being used by educators, counselors, and business professionals throughout the United States and Japan. In addition to distributing Branch Out!®, Molly also provides consulting services.
A school counselor for grades K-12, Molly received her Master’s of Education degree at Western Washington University. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with over ten years of experience in counseling, training, and coaching. She maintains professional memberships with American School Counseling Association, Project Adventure, and the Association for Experiential Education.
Blessings in Disguise Panel
This parent-child panel assembles a group of families with older children who’ve come through childhood and adolescence into the world of life after cleft care. Panelists will speak to and answer questions around a range of issues including the dynamics of sibling relationships, adoption experiences, balancing the cleft care with the rest of life and other in cleft-affected families and the challenges that exist there.
Small Group Roundtable Discussions: Session One
(all round tables offered again, session two at 1:30pm)
CPF is pleased to present concurrent round table discussions in several specific areas of interest. Facilitated by professionals working in cleft and craniofacial care, these small groups will convene around a range of topics including:
- Transitions and services in the early childhood and school-age experience
- Maximizing the adolescent and teenage experience
- Navigating the world of insurance and cleft–craniofacial care
- Psychosocial and developmental issues associated with syndromes
Collect your children and join other families for an informal lunch break.
Small Group Roundtable Discussions: Session Two
please refer to 11:30AM details.
Facilitated by CPF President, Earl Seaver, PhD, Team Q & A gives parents an opportunity to learn more about the roles of various team members and how to make the most of their relationship with their cleft-craniofacial treatment teams.
Madison Carmenate shares her film, My Amazing Life.
Eleven-year-old Madison is affected by Treacher Collins Syndrome. She created this film about herself for a school project.
Wine & Cheese, Juice & Cookies Reception
Please join us for a farewell reception for Connections families!