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Cleft Coffee Talk on Saturday, May 2

Published on April 15, 2015

Cleft Coffee Talk: Speech/Language Development

Date: Saturday, May 2

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Theresa Snelling’s Office
9255 West Alameda Avenue; Unit C
Lakewood, CO 80228
(Corner of Alameda and Garrison. Office door faces car wash of the Conoco station.)

Overview: Join us for coffee, snacks and a chance to ask questions, share ideas, and meet other parents! Speech coffee talks will provide an informal opportunity to learn more about how cleft palate can effect a child’s speech and language development and resources in the community to address your child’s needs. The discussions will focus on what to look for in your child’s therapy programs and how to access additional resources if needed, rather than specific therapy ideas.

Note: Child care will NOT be available for this session, so plan to enjoy your coffee with other “adults.” This will be our first coffee talk, and if the need for child care arises on future dates we’ll try and arrange to meet your family’s needs

RSVP: RSVP to Jamie Bell at info@facetofacecolorado.org or 720-982-3765 .

About the Presenters:
Linda Rollerthas been with the Cleft Palate Team at Kaiser Permanente for over 20 years . She has participated in cleft palate mission trips to the Philippines and Peru. She provides speech-language assessments and referrals for Kaiser members and is a strong advocate for cleft care in the state!

Theresa Snelling is the team Speech Pathologist and Clinical Coordinator at the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center at Rose Medical Center. Her full time work is at her private practice/speech therapy clinic in Lakewood; her passion is medical cleft palate missions which she has been participating in yearly for 11 years now! She is on the board of advisors with Face-to-Face Colorado.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Cleft Conference

Published on March 10, 2015

Mark your calendars to join Face-To-Face Colorado for a half-day educational conference for families, caregivers, and children with cleft lip and/or palate. The conference will include children’s activities, round-table discussions, and a  keynote speaker.

Save the Date: 2015 Colorado Cleft Conference
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Lowry Conference Center in Aurora, CO

Stay tuned for more details, pricing, agenda, and registration information coming soon!

Click here to read about last year’s conference for individuals and families affected by cleft lip and palate.



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Some Answers to your Insurance Woes

Published on March 5, 2015

Did you know that Colorado is one of only 15 states that have mandated health benefits for cleft lip and palate?  Some families have to fight insurance companies that claim procedures and surgeries related to cleft are merely “cosmetic,” not medically necessary. Should you ever find yourself in a similar situation, be sure you know your rights. Visit http://www.cleftadvocate.org/insurance.html  for some important information regarding current state mandates AND view helpful resources, including tips on speaking with providers. While you’re there, be sure to sign the petition to ensure similar legislation is passed in other states.

Click here to view a presentation on Colorado Insurance Law and Cleft Lip and Palate Coverage by the Colorado Division of Insurance.

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Spotlight on: Theresa Snelling & Betsy Straka

Published on March 1, 2015

Theresa Snelling serves on the advisory board of Face-To-Face Colorado. She has been a long-standing provider – and supporter – of cleft care in the state for 30 years.  She is currently attending her 10th mission to the Philippines to provide free cleft surgeries and intensive speech therapy to children affected by cleft lip and palate with little to no access to health care.  These mission trips are organized by the International Children’s Surgical Foundation www.icsfoundation.org, which also provides training to local doctors, enabling them to eventually treat their own patients.  Joining her for the first time is Betsy Straka, Speech Pathologist in Colorado Springs, who is also a member of the Face-to-Face Colorado Board.  To follow their progress, check out Theresa’s  blog at:  theresasnelling.blogspot.com.

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