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NMSU professor was an invited speaker at international seminar on speech language

Marlene Salas-Provance, department head of Special Education and Communication Disorders in New Mexico State University's College of Education, was an invited speaker at the inaugural International Congress for Speech-language Pathology and Orthodontics in Lima, Peru, Oct. 18-19.


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Marlene Salas-Provance (left), department head of Special Education and Communication Disorders in New Mexico State University's College of Education, was an invited speaker at the inaugural International Congress for Speech-language Pathology and Orthodontics in Lima, Peru, Oct. 18-19. She is shown here with Dr. Margarita Marchino, a congress organizer and plastic surgeon. (Courtesy Photo)

She provided training in speech-language pathology and presented information on treatment strategies for children with cleft lip and palate in Spanish at the seminar with more than 100 professionals in attendance.

"This experience was exceptional is so many ways," said Salas-Provance. "I was able to work with my international colleagues to further mutual goals to provide services for children with cleft lip and palate. I also met many people from two important medical professions and will continue to communicate with them in the future. The reception I received in Lima was heartwarming and showed me how important it is to work with professionals around the globe."

Salas-Provance is slated to return to Peru in the summer of 2014 on a NMSU Faculty Led International Programs excursion that includes 10 graduate students in the NMSU communication disorders program. The graduate students will provide speech therapy services in a medical setting and present a workshop for parents.

As a member of Rotaplast International, Salas-Provance travels with a medical team who conducts cleft lip and palate surgeries and clinical services around the world. The effort in Peru is a collaboration with local doctors; Dr. Margarita Marchino, a plastic surgeon, and Dr. Margo Escobedo, an orthodontist, to provide long-term sustainable speech-language pathology clinical services to children with cleft lip and palate in the country.