Professionals

The Foundation is a primary resource for professionals working in medicine, education, allied health and other related fields. Through a variety of resources, we support professionals like you who are making a difference in our community.

Diagnostic Checklist

The diagnostic checklist was developed to assist practitioners diagnose, or rule out, CdLS.

Diagnostic criteria for CdLS were created by the CdLS Foundation’s Medical Director Antonie Kline, M.D., in collaboration with members of the Clinical Advisory Board of the CdLS Foundation and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World CdLS Federation.

If molecular testing has identified a mutation in one of the associated genes, the individual has CdLS. Otherwise, clinical findings should meet facial criteria, as well as criteria for two to three of six other system categories. At least one of the involved systems should be in the areas of growth, development or behavior. If these criteria are met, then the individual is diagnosed clinically with CdLS.

Medical Specialty Cards

Our medical cards were developed to help ensure that providers have the most current information, testing recommendations and procedures pertaining to their specialty when treating individuals with CdLS.

These cards will help aid professionals in diagnosis and treatment of medical issues related to CdLS. Each specialty card highlights the professional’s specific field, as well as includes general statements about CdLS and common medical issues that are important for all professionals to be aware of and understand.

The ten areas of specialty are:

CdLS Clinics

CdLS Clinics provide families with an invaluable head-to-toe evaluation by a full complement of experts—all in one day. There are currently four CdLS Clinics in the United States: The Multidisciplinary Clinic for Adolescents and Adults at Greater Baltimore Medical Center; the Center for CdLS and Related Diagnoses at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); Shriners Hospital for Children-Salt Lake City, UT; and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

One of the most helpful aspects of the Foundation is connecting families with the healthcare professionals on the Clinical Advisory Board. Their expertise of CdLS is beneficial to families and their healthcare providers.”

Antonie Kline, M.D.
CdLS Foundation Medical Director

CdLS Centers For Excellence

The CdLS Centers for Excellence program recognizes demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement in research and/or clinical work related to CdLS. The work at these designated CdLS Centers for Excellence institutions has changed the landscape of what is known about the syndrome and how it can be managed:

• The Greater Baltimore Medical Center,
• Saint Louis University School of Medicine
• Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
• The University of California, Irvine, and
• Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Materials for Professionals

The Foundation provides a host of educational resources that address common issues and challenges related to CdLS — all at no cost.

CDLS
Education Handbook

This informative handbook was designed to help people who are involved with the education of an individual with CdLS make informed decisions in this all-important area.

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View Publications

The Foundation offers articles covering various topics such as medical, behavioral and educational issues that are specific to individuals with CdLS.

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Education and Online Learning

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