ACPA Approved Teams

ACPA Approved Teams are required to have access to a variety of medical professionals who specialize in different aspects of care.

Teams must include:

  • Care coordinator who facilitates care and assists patients and families in understanding, coordinating, and implementing treatment plans
  • Orthodontist who straightens the teeth and aligns the jaws
  • Speech-language pathologist who assesses speech and feeding
  • Surgeon such as a plastic surgeon, an oral/maxillofacial surgeon, a craniofacial surgeon, or a neurosurgeon

Teams must also have access to:

  • Audiologist who assesses hearing
  • Geneticist who screens patients for craniofacial syndromes and helps parents and adult patients understand the chances of craniofacial conditions occurring again in their families
  • Nurse who helps with feeding and provides ongoing supervision of the child’s health
  • Otolaryngologist is an “ear nose and throat” doctor, or “ENT”
  • Pediatrician to monitor overall health and development
  • Pediatric dentist or other dental specialist such as a prosthodontist, who makes prosthetic devices for the mouth;
  • Psychologist, social worker, or other mental health specialist to support the family and assess any adjustment challenges or support needs
  • Other specialists necessary for treating specific aspects of complex craniofacial conditions

For more information about cleft and craniofacial teams, please Contact Us.