Skeletal dysplasia is an umbrella term for a group of more than 300 genetic conditions that are characterized by differences in the size and shape of the limbs, trunk, and/or skull, all of which can impact stature.
Although individually rare, collectively there are a significant number of individuals with the various dysplasias. It is estimated that 14,000 to 27,000 babies in the United States are born each year with some form of skeletal dysplasia.
Skeletal dysplasias are frequently associated with a range of orthopedic problems. These may include joint dislocation and scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. Other health concerns may include respiratory, neurological, otolaryngologic, rheumatologic, gastroenterologic, endocrine, and/or cardiac issues.
The Center’s staff is developing multifaceted educational programs about skeletal dysplasias for individuals with these disorders and their families, physicians, residents, fellows, social workers, nurses, therapists, and the public at large.
The Mentoring Program is an internship program developed by Lorraine Montuori, LCSW, social worker at the Center. This unique program offers participants the opportunity to develop work skills compatible with individual talents and abilities as well as help with career planning.
Application is available to high school students, age 15 years and older, who are patients at the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias.If you are interested in more information about the mentoring program, or have any questions, please contact Lorraine Montuori, LCSW, at 212.606.1031.
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