Vocal cord dysfunction (when the vocal cords don’t open like they should when breathing in and out) can make it hard to breathe properly. It might happen as a result of a cold or flu, irritants in the air or extreme stress — young athletes and performers who really get worked up about their performance can experience this. Sometimes this condition can be misdiagnosed as asthma.
Vocal Cord Dysfunction
Specialized Expertise to Help Your Child Breathe Better
Vocal Cord Dysfunction Services We Offer
We combine the efforts of specialists from multiple departments to diagnose exactly what’s causing your child or teen’s vocal cord dysfunction, with:
- appointments with all specialists coordinated to make it more convenient for you
- complete examination by our trained speech-language pathologist and laryngologist (an ear, nose and throat doctor who specializes in problems with the larynx, or voice box)
- specialized diagnostic testing to look at how your child’s voice box and vocal cords are working
Our specialists will then share techniques to manage the condition, including one-on-one speech-language therapy to focus on good breathing awareness and speaking techniques, and managing habits (like throat clearing or talking loudly) — especially during times of stress.
This is a special focus of our treatment for young athletes and performers, so they can continue to perform well in — and enjoy — their sport or performing art.
We may actually see your child for up to twelve visits, to ensure they are comfortable and secure in how to manage their anxiety and breathing.
Why Choose Us for Vocal Cord Dysfunction
Our vocal cord dysfunction program is unique in the Delaware Valley/Greater Philadelphia area, and combines the expertise of laryngologists (ear, nose and throat or “ENT” specialists), pulmonologists (lung and respiratory care doctors) and speech-language pathologists (speech and language therapists). This program is a big part of our overall voice program.
Regional Vocal Cord Dysfunction Highlights
Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.
We offer care for vocal cord dysfunction at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics satellite locations.
- one of the tristate area’s only pediatric facilities that works on vocal cord dysfunction
- only pediatric rehab therapy program in the greater Philadelphia region accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)