Voice Disorders Program

The early detection of voice disorders is important because they can affect a child’s quality of life and keep them from building a clear speaking voice into adulthood. We can help diagnose and treat voice disorders in children, adolescents and teens.

Our pediatric-trained specialists have experience in voice disorders and educating patients about vocal health. They have specialized equipment for evaluation and treatment. Bilingual speech-language pathologists and interpreters are also available. A referral from your child’s doctor is needed for treatment.

     
 
DidYouKnow?
    • Voice disorders can lead to negative attention, academic difficulty and limited participation in activities in children.
    • More than 1 million children in the U.S. are affected by voice disorders.
    • Voice disorders that begin in childhood can continue into adulthood.
    • Cheerleaders face a greater risk of vocal problems.  Learn more.
 
     

Signs & Symptoms

Voice disorders in children can often go unnoticed or be confused with a child’s natural speech. There are several signs that a child may have a voice disorder if they occur often. They include:

  • Hoarseness, roughness, breathiness or strain
  • Difficulty speaking loudly or speaking too loudly
  • Loss of voice
  • Pitch that is too high or low for age
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Soreness or pain in the throat when talking
  • Cough not caused by infection or asthma

Speak to your doctor if your child shows any of these warning signs.

What We Treat

Voice disorders develop for a variety of reasons. Children’s can help treat and prevent disorders by teaching proper vocal health. We can also treat disorders that are a result of medical conditions like:

  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Vocal nodules
  • Granuloma
  • Papilloma
  • Vocal fold cysts
  • Vocal fold paralysis

Print-friendly PDF about our Voice Disorders Program.

     
 
VocalFoldEvaluation

    As part of our comprehensive evaluation to help diagnose voice disorders, we offer videostroboscopy. This procedure, done in collaboration with otolaryngologists (ENTs), allows our speech-language pathologists to see your child’s vocal folds and larynx. It shows how they are functioning and affect voice production. It can also show any lesions that may be present. 

 
     

Caitlyn Dreher Meet Caitlyn

Caitlyn Dreher is the rare breed of teenager who doesn’t like to spend a lot of time texting. 

She prefers to speak, whether it is talking to friends, singing in the choir or answering questions in class.

When a lingering disorder left her without a voice, Caitlyn had no choice but to live through whispers and text messages for nearly four months.

See how our program helped rebuild this talkative teen’s voice.