For New Patients

Resources About Babies

American Cleft Palate Association Resources

Prenatal Diagnosis

For Parents of Newborns

The First Year

Resources About School-Aged Children

American Cleft Palate Association Resources

Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

The School-Aged Child

As You Get Older


Resources About Adults

American Cleft Palate Association Resources

Adults with Cleft Lip and Palate

Information for Adults


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Your First Visit

Welcome to Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic!

When You Arrive

We have a small parking lot beside our building for your use. When you arrive, check in at the front desk. After you fill out the necessary paperwork, you will be brought back in a first come, first served order.

In Our Office

Depending on the patient flow on a Team Day and the number of professionals for which you are scheduled, the timeframe for your appointment may be as long as three hours.  (You may want to pack snacks!)

Your Appointments

During your visit, an assistant will guide you to see various specialists around our facility. Your child will be seen by a series of doctors and cleft palate specialists who will evaluate their needs. Several specialists will visit you in one of our dental rooms, and you will go to other rooms to see additional specialists as needed. Our team includes plastic surgeons, feeding specialists, orthodontists, speech therapists, audiologists, pediatricians, ENTs, dentists, and more.

Before You Go

Before you leave, make sure you check out at the front desk so we can ensure you’ve seen all the team members for your care plan.


Plastic Surgeon

Will evaluate your child and determine what type of surgery is best for them and when it should take place. Input about speech and orthodontics help make these decisions.

Feeding Specialist

Can answer questions you have about feeding your child, such as which bottle is best and amount and frequency of feedings.


Monitors the development of your child’s teeth and plans phases of treatment that will align teeth and facilitate surgery to produce the best dental outcome. Orthodontic care is offered at our clinic.

Speech Therapist

Evaluates your child’s speech and language development to determine whether speech therapy or surgical intervention is warranted. Speech therapy is offered at our clinic.


Monitors middle ear function and evaluates hearing since hearing difficulties and middle ear problems are often associated with cleft palate.

Pediatric Dentist

Will check your child’s teeth, looking for any tooth decay or other dental concerns that may need attention. General dental services are offered at the clinic.


Makes restorations or prosthetics. Children with clefts will often need tooth replacements and occasionally need an appliance to help with speech.

Otolaryngologist (ENT)

Evaluates your child for hearing loss, recurrent ear infections, and other ear problems related to you child’s cleft.

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