The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) Craniofacial Society met for the first time last year at the Academy's 2003 Scientific Symposium in San Diego, California. The Society was formed to enhance the skills and knowlege base of orthotists providing treatment programs to infants diagnosed with plagiocephaly.
The need to develop a recognized "standard of practice" was identified as a primary goal and function of the Society, said Dulcey Lima, CO, Society co-chair. All individuals and organizations that presently treat infants with positional plagiocephaly and/or have successfully applied for and received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to manufacture a custom cranial remolding orthosis are invited to complete a survey, she added. "The survey is designed to build a collective body of information about specific and generalized treatment programs for this unique patient population," she explained. "The results of this survey will promote continued education, enhanced treatment programs, and advance the research and development from within the field of orthotics."
Persons wishing to participate in this information-gathering process are invited to contact Patti Larkin, CO, at Plarkin40@aol.com; fax 713.747.1022.