Voice & Speech

Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

When a child’s palate doesn’t work properly, swallowing and speech can be altered. Velopharyngeal dysfunction is a term used to describe this altered function. Patients with velopharyngeal dysfunction frequently benefit from an evaluation by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a physician, speech and swallowing experts, audiologists and other professionals. Our pediatric ENT physician is trained to evaluate children with velopharyngeal dysfunction and can recommend various treatment options, including speech therapy and surgery if necessary.


A child’s voice can become rough and harsh because the voice box does not work properly. A Peak ENT physician will do a thorough examination of the child to determine the cause of the hoarseness. Treatments vary, but are often successful in helping the child to speak normally.