When faced with an unexpected diagnosis, the fear of making the wrong decision can be overwhelming.
The free clinics offered at the Permian Basin Rehab Center help families navigate the uncertain waters that come when a baby is born prematurely or with a diagnosis of cleft lip and palate.
These clinics are designed to:
- Assess patients’ needs and make recommendations
- Monitor development
- Educate parents and families
- Provide professional support
These resources are offered at absolutely no cost to you, which is only possible because of our generous and faithful supporters. With the Permian Basin Rehab Center, you can rest assured that you will have a helping hand every step of the way!
Babies born prematurely or with other complications at birth are placed in the NICU in the hospital. The developmental clinic is designed to monitor development after the baby is discharged from the NICU. Initial assessments are completed in physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and audiology. Once initial assessments are completed, the patient is eligible to begin attending the developmental clinic.
One time each month families are given the opportunity to attend the developmental clinic. During the clinic, every family meets with our social worker and each child receives a developmental screening by occupational, speech and physical therapists. This allows our team to gauge all areas of development to ensure that early intervention can occur when needed. Parents are provided with education, training and resources during the clinic. Parents are able to ask questions and seek guidance from the therapy team. Following the screening, the therapists will make recommendations. Our team follows each child until they turn five years old.
When a child is born with cleft lip and palate, specialized surgery and care are required. With the closest surgeon being over 130 miles away, there is a large need for local assistance to help those in the Permian Basin born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Dr. Thomas Jeter is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon from San Angelo, Texas who performs surgery to repair cleft lip and palate. He travels to the Permian Basin Rehab Center six times a year to hold the Permian Basin Cleft Palate Clinic. The team is made up of Dr. Jeter, a speech language pathologist, an audiologist, and a social worker.
At the clinic, each family meets with the social worker and each patient receives a speech screening, a hearing screening and a consultation with the surgeon. Education, resources and recommendations are provided during the appointment. To save families the strain of extensive travel, we provide many of the pre and post operation scheduling and appointments right here in Odessa at the clinic.