Plastic Surgery and Behavioral Health

Behavioral health clinicians in plastic surgery provide assessments and treatments for children with a wide variety of congenital or acquired craniofacial conditions.

Our providers commit to ensuring each child and his or her family receives the latest, most effective care available.

Cleft-Craniofacial Center Behavioral Health Services

The team at the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at Children's cares for kids with a range of craniofacial conditions and disorders affecting facial growth, such as:

  • Abnormally shaped skulls
  • Cleft lips and palates
  • Congenital birthmarks
  • Craniofacial clefts and tumors
  • Malformed ears
  • Wide-set eyes

The role of the behavioral health specialist in the Cleft-Craniofacial Center is to provide behavioral health assessments and treatment.

Goals are to:

  • Assess the child’s developmental progress and psychosocial adjustment, including behavioral and emotional functioning.
  • Assist families in finding resources for developmental and therapeutic intervention.
  • Provide suggestions and methods for immediate developmental and behavioral issues.

Our behavioral health experts achieve these goals through:

  • Evaluations of each child.
  • Consults with the Cleft-Craniofacial Center team.
  • Brief treatment when warranted.

The team strives to achieve at the earliest possible age for your child:

  • Optimal appearance.
  • Speech.
  • Hearing.
  • Psychosocial development.

Most often, behavioral health evaluations are part of the team appointment.

Reasons a behavioral health assessment can help families

Your child is:

  • Dealing with a craniofacial condition that may affect learning and development.
  • Going through crucial developmental transitions, such as entering kindergarten or having major surgery.
  • Having symptoms of anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.

Plastic Surgery Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral health services are available for other clinics within the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, such as:

  • General plastic surgery
  • Brachial plexus
  • Vascular anomalies

Health care providers can make referrals if they feel the child and family may benefit from behavioral health.

Meet Our Plastic Surgery Behavioral Health Team

Behavioral health clinicians in the Plastic Surgery Division have a strong commitment to:

  • Continuing education.
  • Evidence-based practice.
  • Training students in the behavioral health field.