Children's Hospital Colorado

How We Work in Audiology, Speech and Learning

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we treat the big things, the small things and everything in between.

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We provide children, their families, and referring providers access to the most current knowledge and advancements in the fields of audiology, speech, language, feeding, swallowing, communication, and learning. Our team of specialists works closely with individual families, primary care providers and other healthcare professionals to ensure that each child’s needs are fully evaluated and adequately addressed.

The Audiology, Speech and Learning care team


Using specialized equipment and technology, an audiologist evaluates your child's hearing. An audiologist may also recommend and fit hearing aids and other amplifying devices to help your child hear to the best of his or her ability. An audiologist provides on-going management for children with hearing loss, monitors progress in children’s listening and hearing development and works with teachers and speech and language specialists to help children achieve their hearing and language development goals.

Speech language specialist

The speech language pathology division offers a comprehensive program to evaluate and treat a wide variety of disorders. Within the speech-language pathology team, we have specialists trained to address the communicative, pragmatic, feeding and swallowing issues across the entire developmental spectrum from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit up to late adolescence. The children that we serve frequently have complex medical histories; therefore, we work collaboratively with the child’s physician and other specialists in rehabilitation, otolaryngology (ENT), gastroenterology and pulmonology, among others.

Learning specialist

The learning services division offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient services. Our outpatient specialists offer thorough evaluations to determine the presence/absence of a learning disability. Additionally, we offer research-based learning therapy programs designed for the remediation of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. The inpatient program offers school-based tutoring and consultation for children who will be staying in an inpatient unit for more than two weeks.

Pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT)

The pediatric otolaryngologist has special expertise in dealing with is concerned with feeding and breathing issues in kids. An otolaryngologist is primarily responsible for evaluating hearing, ear infections and persistent fluid in the ears. An otolaryngologist is also trained in the medical and surgical treatments for sinus infections, nasal airway obstruction, obstructive sleep apnea, speech or resonance abnormalities, cleft lip and palate repair, and cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, such as rhinoplasty or scar revision.

Deaf education specialist

A deaf education specialist, along with the speech and language specialist and aural habilitation audiologist, helps families establish developmental and educational goals for their child. A deaf education specialist will help you understand communication options, auditory training techniques and educational options available.

Social workers

Our clinical social workers are professionals with the knowledge and understanding to provide psychosocial services to children and families experiencing the difficulties associated with medical diagnosis, hospitalization and outpatient care.