Voice Disorders Program

A patient at during a voice rehab session.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.

    • 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.

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.