Overview

Overview

The Pediatric Voice Program at Cleveland Clinic Children's includes experts from Pediatric Otolaryngology and Speech Language Pathology who uniquely focus on voice disorders in children and young adults.

Symptoms that your child may have a voice problem can include: hoarse or breathy voice, loss of voice, voice that is too soft or too loud, discomfort to talk or sing, effort/strain, or inappropriate pitch for the child’s age.

Voice disorders cannot be determined simply by the way they sound and require specialized tests to determine the nature and extent of the problem.

Voice Therapy at Cleveland Clinic Children's

Most voice problems are managed with behavioral voice therapy. In addition to direct work with a speech-language pathologist who specializes in voice rehabilitation, families are trained in activities to complete at home to support improved voice use. The frequency of voice therapy sessions may vary, but typically start with weekly appointments, 30-60 minutes in duration.

If surgery is necessary, specialized techniques that reduce tissue harm and promote faster healing are available through our trained surgeons.

What We Treat

What We Treat

Our Team

Our Team

Our Pediatric Otolaryngologists work with Speech Language Pathologists to diagnose and treat children’s voice disorders.

Pediatric Otolaryngologists

Brandon Hopkins, MD
Brandon Hopkins, MD
Section Head and Asst. Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology; Surgical Director, Pediatric Center for Airway, Voice and Swallowing Disorders (PCAVS)
Samantha Anne, MD
Samantha Anne, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Ear and Hearing Disorders; Associate Professor, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Rachel Georgopoulos, MD
Rachel Georgopoulos, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngologist; Director, Thyroid Head and neck Oncology and Pediatric Endocrine Center (Thyroid HOPE)
Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

Evaluations

Comprehensive voice evaluations are completed by both Otolaryngologists and Speech Language Pathologists who specialize in pediatric voice disorders. A complete voice evaluation includes videostroboscopy (a slow motion video of the vocal cords) as well as acoustic, aerodynamic, and perceptual measures of vocal quality. 

After our team evaluates your child’s voice, we will discuss treatment options with you and your child and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Appointments

To schedule an appointment for a voice evaluation, call 216.444.8500.

If you have already had a voice evaluation and have been referred for voice therapy, please call 216.444.6691 to schedule an appointment.

Locations

We see patients at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. Our offices are located in:

A Building - Crile Building – A71
2049 East 100th Street
Cleveland, OH 44195

R Building - Cleveland Clinic Children's Outpatient Center
8950 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Resources

Resources

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Healthy Living Programs

Healthy eating and physical activity habits are key to your child's well-being. Eating too much and exercising too little can lead to childhood obesity resulting in excess weight and related health problems that can follow children into their adult years. You can take an active role in helping your child— and your whole family— develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that can last for a lifetime. Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Children’s have resources available to parents and kids to keep them healthy, including specialists, community and school based programs, and information to help you make healthy choices at meal time.

Health Essentials

Find helpful posts from Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials site. Discover the latest voice health and wellness tips for children.

At Home / Postoperative Instructions

The following instructions will help you to know what to expect in the days following surgery. Do not hesitate to call if you have questions or concerns.