Resendiz will discuss the cleft palate project in El Salvador at the next Rotary Club meeting

Maria Resendiz, Ph.D., will discuss a project that provides speech therapy to Salvadoran children after surgical treatment for a cleft lip or palate at an upcoming Rotary Club of San Marcos meeting.

Resendiz, her co-director, and students from the Department of Communication Disorders at Texas State University are training therapists in El Salvador on best practices in speech therapy for Salvadoran children.

Resendiz is a bilingual speech-language pathologist with 20 years of experience and an associate professor at Texas State. She leads the PLATICAR project, which stands for Providing Language and Articulation Therapy in Countries and Regions. They help children learn to produce sounds with a repaired palate or a repaired lip.

Surgery and medical treatment is provided by Austin Smiles – The Austin Plastic Surgery Foundation. The Salvadoran Institute of Integral Rehabilitation, Austin Smiles, and a Salvadoran Rotary Club fund surgery and speech therapy, making medical care and speech therapy free for families.

Maria Resendiz, Ph.D., will discuss a project that provides speech therapy to Salvadoran children after surgical treatment for a cleft lip or palate at an upcoming Rotary Club of San Marcos meeting. Above is a before and after photo of a Salvadoran child being treated, courtesy of Austin Smiles. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of San Marcos

Children with cleft lip and palate often face one or more health and developmental complications without proper treatment. These complications include eating, speaking, breathing and hearing difficulties as well as compromised oral health and frequent ear infections.

Resendiz will address the Rotary Club on Thursday, October 8 at 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 105 Bintu Drive, San Marcos. Visitors are welcome. Rotary is non-profit, non-religious and non-political. The San Marcos club is 100 years old.

Christine E. Phillips