Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

At Nemours, we promise to do whatever it takes to treat children as we would our own. When your child comes to Nemours, we know you’re placing your trust in us. This trust and our dedication to improving the health of your child is what inspires us to provide exceptional care and the most satisfying experience possible.


See Our Cleft & Craniofacial Anomalies Research Efforts

The Craniofacial Outcomes Research Laboratory (a part of CPASS, the Center for Pediatric Auditory and Speech Sciences), under the leadership of its director, Linda D. Vallino, PhD, serves as the research arm of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Program (CP-CFA). Our goal is to study aspects of speech related to cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, focusing on structure, function, and treatment outcomes.

For example, we recently completed a study in collaboration with the University of North Carolina. It explored the use of a novel and non-invasive procedure to determine how well the soft palate moves. The study focused on infants and toddlers. Based on the data, we’re encouraged that this procedure can be used as a clinical tool.

We’ll continue developing research projects on an ongoing basis — to help find solutions and innovations to hopefully improve the lives of children with cleft lip and/or palate and craniofacial anomalies.