Voice And Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program | Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact the Voice and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Program

For Appointments:
Carmen Villar:  617-355-5116
Fax: 617-730-0320

For Program Information:
Laura Kelly: 781-216-3685
Email: voice.clinic@childrens.harvard.edu

How do I make an appointment?

The clinic only meets on Mondays and only at Boston Children's at Waltham at 9 Hope Avenue in Waltham, MA. To schedule an appointment call 617-355-5116.

When you call you will be asked for some background information about your child's condition. This will help us determine if our center is best suited for your child's needs.

You will also be asked to fill out an intake questionnaire which asks for specific information about your child's medical and voice/velopharyngeal dysfunction history. This questionnaire will be mailed to you, you can also download the questionnaire here: Voice Intake Questionnaire

How long will my appointment take?

A typical appointment will take 1.5 to 2 hours, including meeting with the Otolaryngologist and with the speech/voice clinician.

What should I bring to the appointment?

Please bring the completed Voice/Medical history form as well as any relevant medical documentation, such as prior exam reports and endoscopic pictures.

What happens during the evaluation?

A typical evaluation includes a computerized voice analysis performed by the speech/voice clinician. Then a general medical and otolaryngology-specific history and examination performed by the Otolaryngologist.

After careful explanation, a videolaryngology is performed and captured digital video images are reviewed with the patient and family.

What happens after the evaluation?

Findings are summarized with patient and parents/guardian and recommendations are made. A report is created and mailed to the referring pediatrician and/or referring speech clinician.

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