Hello to followers of this blog. Healing the Children, Northeast is sending a team back to Peru, back to Sergio Bernales Hospital in Lima. Dr. Buhler and I are going, along with recent grad Lindsay Naylor, MS CF-SLP and second year grad student, Vanessa Diaz. Both speak Spanish beautifully. As for me, I have been using the Coffee Break Spanish podcast and Duolingo app, both free, to flex my Spanish muscles a bit before departure.
This time, in addition to providing surgery for kids with cleft lips or cleft palates, we will also provide diagnosis and treatment for voice disorders and swallowing disorders. Craig Zalvan, MD, from Phelps Hospital, will be joining us on this trip, with his trusty endoscopes. We will also be providing hearing screenings pre-surgically to help evaluate for PE tube placement. And, as always, we will offer short term speech therapy consultations to all comers…always an adventure.
Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Stay tuned for more!
Yours in healing,
Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant professor, Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY USA