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Connections 2010: A Conference for Patients and Families

Friday, March 12, 2010

Saturday, April 13, 2010

A day for parents and patients presented by the Cleft Palate Foundation

Attendance by ACPA professionals is welcomed and encouraged. Registration is discounted for ACPA members also attending the annual meeting.


(Session topics, times, and presenters are subject to change.)

Friday, March 12, 2010


Welcome Reception

Saturday, March 13, 2010


8:30AM-5:30PM Children’s care and activities
Please know that Connections is a very informal, family-friendly day! Graduate student volunteers from the University of Texas, Dallas share their energy with our children for the day and are supervised by a professional nanny. You and your children are invited to move between Connections sessions, childcare, snacks, and lunch as needed. Please remember to communicate with caregivers at all exchanges!

We are excited about this year’s childrens activities! In addition to free play and art activities, a few things we look forward to are:
— Trained therapy dogs and their owners from Paws Across Texas (PAT) will be visiting with us throughout Saturday morning! PAT offers diversified therapy programs using trained volunteers (representatives) and their privately owned companion animals (registered therapy dogs).
— Yoga for Kids, brought to us by Lynne Silberman. Lynne will be with us throughout the morning and will invite children to call on their imaginations in any of several movement, dance, and relaxation activities. Learn more about Lynne and her work with children
— After lunch, we’ll settle in with lots of pillows and blankets and a showing of Finding Nemo for some afternoon quiet time.

And for the grown-ups:

Dr. Earl J. Seaver, PhD
President, Cleft Palate Foundation

Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Dianne Mulick-Altuna,MS,CCC-SLP. Dianne has been working with individuals and families affected by craniofacial birth defects for more than 25 years. She’s a lecturer at the Department of Communication Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas and is founder and director of Camp C.A.R.E. (Children with Articulation and Resonance Errors. Camp C.A.R.E is sponsored by UT Dallas’ Callier Center for Communication Disorders and is an intensive speech therapy camp for children ages 3 and older who have a history of craniofacial disorders. Dianne serves the treatment team associated with Folgeson Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Center for Children.

After you get to know Dianne a little bit during her keynote, you’ll have opportunity to meet with her as she facilitates 11:30 am and 1:30 pm roundtables!

Blessings in Disguise Panel
This parent and family 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, and balancing cleft care with the rest of life and other needs. Bring your questions!

Break — Check on the kids in the children’s area or just get a little fresh air and meet some of the other parents and families.

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
  • Speech-development and the preschool years
  • Genetics of craniofacial birth defects

Collect your children and join other families for an informal lunch break.

Small Group Roundtable Discussions: Session Two
please refer to 11:30AM details.

Team Q&A
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. This year’s team faculty includes Dr. Isaac Wornam, craniofacial plastic surgeon, Richmond, VA; Anna Thurmes, speech pathologist, Minneapolis, MN; and Dr. Yong Jong Park, craniofacial orthodontist, Dallas, TX.

Closing Connections: TBA


Wine & Cheese, Juice & Cookies Reception
Please join us for a farewell reception for Connections families!