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The Voice Clinic offers both medical and therapeutic treatments for a wide variety of voice disorders. This means that your child is seen by both a physician and a specially trained type of speech therapist – a voice therapist.
The Voice Clinic may be right for your child if you or their provider is noticing a hoarse voice or the loss of a voice or if the speech sounds all seem to come through the child’s nose.
The clinic treats voice disorders resulting from congenital causes, infectious disease, inflammatory conditions, benign and malignant vocal cord growths, neuromuscular disorders and trauma. Special times are scheduled for children with 22 q del syndrome.
Families choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for their voice care for several reasons. One of the most important is that we have the smallest scopes available to do fiberoptic exams on patients of all ages, from infants to teenagers. This means that there is less discomfort during the examination.
Another technology we have is a nasometer that measures how much air comes through the nose instead of the mouth while a child is talking. This fun test helps to determine how significant a voice disorder is and can be used to check for improvement after therapy or surgery.
Having a pediatric ENT physician and pediatric voice therapist also means that your child’s voice problem will be evaluated by voice specialists who know kids and teens voice issues which are commonly very different from voice issues in adults.
Beyond the physical benefits of treatment, early intervention in voice disorders can build a child’s self-confidence, improve school performance and provide extracurricular opportunities in such areas as speech and music.
Assessment of pediatric voice disorders is accomplished through computerized speech analysis, nasometry, videonasendoscopy, vidoelaryngoscopy and/or videostroboscopy:
In addition to assessment and specific treatment for voice disorders, the clinic may call in other pediatric specialists to provide care in cases with complicating pathologies, such as hearing impairments and cerebral palsy.