Barrow Neurological Institute Takes Stand Against Bullying

Patients with physical differences boldly reveal their journeys in music
video


PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#acceptanceWith children back to school, Barrow Neurological Institute in
Phoenix, Ariz. urges parents, teachers, administrators and students to
watch
and discuss a new video designed to prevent the bullying of children
with physical differences.

Produced by the Barrow
Cleft and Craniofacial Center
, the two-minute video features
patients with craniofacial differences, including cleft lip and palate.
The video’s message is simple: There is beauty and “wonder” in everyone.

From birth on, children with craniofacial disorders encounter a
multitude of challenges, including special feeding during infancy,
multiple surgeries and dental procedures, speech therapy, and other
intensive care.

But for many of them, accepting themselves and being accepted by others
remains a challenge.

“The piece that makes or breaks our patients in life is acceptance,”
says Patricia
Glick, DMD
, a member of Barrow’s craniofacial team. “It is an
important part of their lives—to connect with others and be accepted.”

The Barrow medical professionals believe that children who see and learn
about craniofacial disorders are less likely to stare, ask cruel
questions, taunt or reject peers with facial or skull differences, and
are more likely to be accepting.

“I would like our patients to be able to feel like just another face in
the crowd,” says Lori Takeuchi, Program Coordinator at Barrow.

Nearly 7,000 babies with cleft lip and palate are born in the U.S. each
year. The Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, supported by the
Inzalaco family, is among the largest, most comprehensive craniofacial
programs in the nation.

Awareness of craniofacial disorders is growing. The Children’s
Craniofacial Association is sponsoring the 12th Annual
Craniofacial Acceptance Month in September, and Wonder,
a movie based on the best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio about a child
with a severe craniofacial disorder, will debut in theaters in 2017.

Schools reading Wonder can contact Barrow at 602.406.3560 to
learn more about educational anti-bullying sessions for accepting
children with facial differences.

About Barrow Neurological Institute

Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity
Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
in Phoenix is
internationally recognized as a leader in neurosurgery, neurology,
neurological research and patient care. Learn more by visiting barrowneuro.org.

Watch and share the video.
Read
about how Barrow is interacting with Wonder.

Contacts

Dignity Health, Arizona Service Area
Lynne Reaves, 602-406-4734
Director,
Corporate Communications