June 20, 2023

Pediatric Voice Therapy for a Child with a Raspy Voice due to Vocal Cord Nodules or Swelling

It is not uncommon for a child to suffer from a chronic hoarse voice due to vocal cord swelling or nodules. There is no illness present. The child feels fine. Their voice just sounds raspy! Usually after a couple weeks or even months of a raspy voice that is not getting any better, an ENT visit determines the hoarse voice is due to vocal cord nodules or vocal cord swelling. This determination is made with a fiberoptic endoscope as shown in the video below.

Treatment is usually voice therapy performed by a speech language pathologist (SLP) who received additional training in vocal disorders... The problem is that it is not easy to find a voice therapist who deals with kids. AND... even if a pediatric voice therapist is found, it may be months before an appointment is available. 

To help with this unfortunate situation, I along with a pediatric voice therapist, Danielle Campbell, created the above video which is meant to provide "first steps" on things a parent can do with their child while waiting for an appointment with a voice therapist, or to reinforce what has been learned during therapy sessions. This video is not meant to completely replace one-on-one treatment sessions.

You can search for the closest pediatric voice therapist via this link.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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