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A thorough history is the first part of each evaluation your child will experience. Our team at the Children's Hospital's Voice, Resonance, and Swallowing Disorders Center will ask you and your child about symptoms and medical history, followed by a thorough head and neck examination. The exam likely will involve several members of our team to test for speech intelligibility (clarity), vocal quality, efficiency, and proper speaking technique.
Through a complete range of diagnostic services, the center’s team identifies and assesses voice, resonance, and swallowing disorders to determine the appropriate treatment strategy for your child.
The speech (voice, resonance, articulation) diagnostic evaluation consists of perceptual, acoustic, and aerodynamic measures, with direct visual assessment of functional voice use, by the clinican’s perceptual acuity as well as computerized data collection software. Each child's comprehensive assessment also includes trial voice therapy, voice quality of life survey, vocal performance evaluation, and voice use profile.
Direct visual assessment of voice resonance swallow structure and function may consist of:
This wide-ranging approach to evaluation and diagnosis also includes identifying additional conditions, such as reflux, allergies, or neurologic problems that might be involved in a voice or swallowing disorder.
Read about some of the treatment options offered at the Voice, Resonance, and Swallowing Center.offered at the Voice, Resonance, and Swallowing Center.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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