Destinations! Brazil

Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Disorders Seminar
SUMMER: Tentative Dates are June 7-17, 2012

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The purpose of this course is to give students a front seat to observe the interdisciplinary work of a Brazilian cleft palate and craniofacial disorders team. Unlike cleft palate teams in the United States, which follow a hundred or so patients annually, this state-of-the-art team treats over 3000 patients per year! Students will be exposed to rare syndromes, a multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment process, current surgical techniques, nasoendoscopic evaluation assessment of velopharyngeal impairment, and the use of prosthodontics. Students will discover that they can assess phonology, voice, and resonance even if they don’t speak the language. Finally, participants will come to a deeper understanding of the universality of language and communication cross-culturally. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Observation of a variety of clefts, craniofacial disorders, and syndromes in the ambulatory clinic
  • Appreciation of the multi-disciplinary team approach in the treatment of clefts and craniofacial disorders
  • Consideration of the impact of facial disfigurement on parent-child bonding, social perceptions, psychological development, and the role that cultural differences may play
  • Observation of dental, orthodontic, and surgical interventions
  • Observation of nasoendoscopic evaluations
  • Understanding of articulation and resonance disorders secondary to cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal insufficiency, with a potential service-learning opportunity to provide language/literacy evaluation and education

This international experience will take place in Curitiba, Brazil at CAIF (Center for Cleft Lip and Palate Care). Curitiba is located in southern Brazil and is a city of over two million people. Curitiba has a large number of European immigrants, particularly from Germany, Italy, Poland, and Ukraine. It is world-renowned for its urban planning, mass transit system, and environmentalism. The city has many beautiful parks and green spaces for enjoyment and recreation and an excellent educational system. Time will be allotted for sightseeing and touring.

Application Deadline: APPLY BY FEBRUARY 15, 2010. Applications after February 15th may be taken only IF space is available – contact the International Programs Office to confirm. Because of limited seats and airline policy, it is very important that you apply early to be sure of a spot.

Request an application from the International programs Office, 108 Collins Classroom Center. Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.


All students who have completed their junior year coursework and higher (including graduate students) and are in good academic standing are eligible. Professional certified and CFY speech-language pathologists are also eligible. All participants who will be registered for the credits will be enrolled in a college course and will be expected to attend all meetings, lectures, and other scheduled activities before, during, and after the study tour. Meetings before the tour will be conducted in person at UWSP and follow-up meetings will be conducted via distance education which will require the use of computer with access to the internet. Pre-tour preparation and post-tour follow up will be part of the requirement for credit. We do work on a first come, first serve basis, so early registration is strongly advised. Priority is given to regularly registered UWSP and UW-System graduate students, then UWSP and UW-system undergraduates, but others may participate either for credit or as auditors on a space-available basis and at the same cost . All participants, whether students or auditors and regardless of age, must be able to participate in the program at the college level, and stand up to the considerable physical rigors of this program.

Academic Credits

(WE 3 hours undergraduate credit; 2 hours graduate credit).

For Academic Information and Course Requirements:

Dr. Pamela Terrell
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Dr. Terrell currently teaches courses related to child language, counseling, and cleft palate and provides clinical supervision in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Communicative Disorders Program.


$3375-3875 for the eleven days based on a minimum of 12 participants

On application to the program a $250 deposit will be required to hold your spot.  Contact UWSP International Programs for a registration form or download it from the International Programs website.  APPLY BY FEBRUARY 15, 2010.

Cost Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Room with meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Some entrance fees
  • 3 credits UWSP Wisconsin resident undergraduate tuition or 2 credits  UWSP Wisconsin resident graduate tuition or audit fees, and lectures. (Minnesota residents qualify for reciprocity)
  • Wisconsin System health/travel insurance

There is a tuition surcharge for non-residents of $250.

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Course and Tentative Trip Highlights

  • Thursday, June 7 – Depart from Chicago O’Hare
  • June 8 – Arrive in Curitba, Brazil. Orientation and Review
  • June 9 – Optional cultural experience (train ride to Morrestes, lunch, city tour); lecture in evening
  • June 10-16 – Rotate in small groups though the operating room, plastic surgery ambulatory clinic, speech diagnostics, ENT/nasoendoscopy, dental/orthodontics/prosthodontics from 8-5 each day. There will be a lecture each evening.
  • June 16 – Depart from Curitba
  • June 17 – Arrive in Chicago

Students wishing to stay in Brazil after the program is completed may do so with an extra charge for airfare, they will have to arrange and pay for their own room, board, travel and other expenses during the extra days.


Up to ten weeks before the start of the program, all fees except the initial $250 deposit will be refunded. After that time, airline and housing cancellation charges will be assessed.  If the program must be canceled, all fees will be refunded.  Because exchange rates and airline prices fluctuate, International Programs reserves the right to cancel, surcharge, or alter the program. No refund is available after departure.  The group limit is 15 students.

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