Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement | Programs & Services

ALS Augmentative Communication Program
The ALS Augmentative Communication Program is a dedicated program focused on addressing the augmentative communication, assistive technology and physical access to technology needs of people living with ALS.  Our clinical philosophy is to be proactive and partner with our patients with ALS as early as possible to support them to be well informed, intimately involved in creation and selection of communication tools and strategies and successful in maintaining successful and rich face to face and distance communication. 

Augmentative Communication Program
The Augmentative Communication Program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with congenital or acquired conditions affecting expressive communication, comprehension and physical access. Our expert team of speech-language pathologists and Occupational therapists introduce state-of-the-art augmentative communication tools, strategies and technologies to identify and support the most effective communication options for a child who is nonspeaking. Collaboration with family members, school teams, clinical providers and community resources is highly valued by our team as it assures the greatest success for the children in our care.

Audiology Program 
The Diagnostic Audiology Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides expert, comprehensive evaluation and management of infants, children and adolescents with various degrees of hearing. Our specially trained audiologists conduct diagnostic tests to assess hearing disorders, provide guidance to parents and families, and recommend appropriate care for your child's hearing

Autism Language Program
The Autism Language Program provides comprehensive communication evaluations and therapy services for persons with autism. The strategic application of visual supports and assistive technology is often explored as a complement to more traditional speech, language, and communication approaches. The Program enjoys a close alliance with the Hospital’s Autism Spectrum Center.

Balance and Vestibular Program
Symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance may be a sign of a vestibular disorder. The Balance and Vestibular Program at Boston Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation and management of vestibular symptoms in a convenient and child-friendly environment. This may include visiting with a doctor who specializes in treating pediatric vestibular disorders and/or undergoing tests of the vestibular system with an audiologist who specializes in pediatric vestibular testing.

Center for Airway Disorders (CAD)
The Center for Airway Disorder (CAD) cares for infant, children, and young adults with airway problems, from common conditions to the most rare and complex disorders.

Center for Communication Enhancement
The Center for Communication Enhancement provides comprehensive, expert evaluation, consultative, and therapeutic services to a wide range of patients who experience a multitude of conditions that affect human communication. In addition to offering a host of outpatient services, the Center’s staff also provides communication enhancement services to numerous programs throughout Boston Children’s Hospital on both an outpatient and inpatient basis.  

Cochlear Implant Program
The Cochlear Implant Program at Boston Children’s Hospital is an interdisciplinary program located within the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement and is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive pediatric cochlear implant program in New England. Our expert staff is skilled in the use of advanced hearing technologies, and provides unparalleled and compassionate care to hearing impaired and deaf children. The Cochlear Implant Program is designed to give your child the tools she needs to understand language and learn to communicate effectively and confidently.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program provides comprehensive evaluation and consultation services for children with identified hearing loss, including speech-language/ functional communication and cognitive, psycho-social, and neuropsychological assessments. Our clinicians are uniquely qualified to provide appropriately tailored care for infants through adolescents and contribute to planning for services related to health care, therapeutic, and rehabilitative needs.

Feeding and Swallowing Program 
The Feeding and Swallowing Program is made up of a team of Speech-Language Pathologists who specialize in management of feeding and swallowing difficulties. We work with babies and children of all ages, and with their families.  Our SLPs work with other medical specialists across Boston Children’s Hospital to provide coordinated care and are prepared to help with even the most complex issues. 

Head, Neck, and Skull Base Surgery Program

The Head, Neck and Skull Base Surgery Program provides comprehensive care for children with congenital anomalies and tumors of the Head and Neck.

Hearing Disorders Clinic 

General Otolaryngology Program

The General Otolaryngology program is staffed by all our fellowship trained pediatric otolaryngologists who care for a wide array of congenital and acquired ear, nose and throat disorders. Ear infections, hearing loss, and obstructive tonsil and adenoid problems are particularly common, however, our expertise also includes head and neck masses, breathing and swallowing issues, voice disorders and balance difficulties.  Our General Otolaryngology program is available at all our patient care sites. Further referral can be made to our multi-specialty programs and centers of excellence when appropriate.

Inpatient Augmentative Communication Program

Sinonasal Disorders Program 
The Sinonasal Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital is a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and care of pediatric sinonasal conditions and the first and only multidisciplinary clinic in the region dedicated to this specialty. At Boston Children’s, our expertly trained and compassionate staff cares for and treats patients with a wide variety of sinonasal conditions, including sinusitis, allergies, nasal polyps and more.

Sleep Apnea and Sleep Surgery Program
The Program for Sleep Apnea and Sleep Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital evaluates and treats pediatric patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who have previously undergone tonsil and adenoid removal or have complex medical issues associated with sleep apnea.  The multidisciplinary team includes pediatric otolaryngology, pulmonary sleep medicine, respiratory therapy, orthodontics, oral surgery, and anesthesiology.  C linics are attended by specialists from three disciplines - Dr. Gi Soo Lee (ORL), Dr. Umakanth Khatwa (Sleep Medicine), and Dr. Marc Ackerman (Orthodontics).  This multidisciplinary approach to pediatric OSA is the first of its kind in the region, and provides a comprehensive range of surgical, medical, and dental treatments for OSA.  

Speech-Language Pathology Program 
The Speech-Language Pathology Program provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and treatment for children with communication disorders. The staff consists of highly trained speech-language pathologists who have expertise across all areas of the field.  Our specialists provide individualized evaluations and direction for care, focused on the specific needs of your child. 

Tracheostomy Clinic
Voice and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program 
The Voice and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program evaluates infants, school-age children, adolescents, teenagers, and college-age individuals with voice disturbances (hoarseness, loss of voice, straining, weak voice) or disorders of palatal closure and resonance ("nasal quality", air leaking through nose). Singers and performers with voice difficulties as well as those with hoarseness in everyday voice use are seen in a coordinated clinic setting, including expert evaluations by a speech and language pathologist and a pediatric otolaryngologist. Plastic surgery faculty also evaluate patients with velopharyngeal dysfunction.  Evaluations result in a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment strategy.