myFace is concerned with not only the physical effects but also the emotional distress caused by facial difference. Isolation, shame, discrimination and low self-esteem are all by products of looking different. Children are thought to be mentally deficient simply because of their physical appearance. Many are routinely placed in special education classes, rather than in mainstream school. Further, because so many of these conditions affect the structure of the mouth and ears, our patients must commit to years of speech therapy.
myFace’s commitment to integrative and comprehensive care drove us to establish The Newman Family Support Center. Founded in 2010, the Newman Family Support Center addresses the psychosocial needs of our patients and their families under the same roof as their medical and dental care. Our funding enables:
- Speech evaluation and therapy
- Psychological and therapeutic support
- Nutrition Counseling
- Genetic Counseling
- Pre and post-natal counseling, feeding, and home care instruction
- Support Groups