Friday, May 29, 2015

Breathing Issue

I have seen a variety of specialists-diagnosed as having no LPR present (last ENT said there was) by two different specialists, and as having vocal cord dysfunction. Breathing exercises help a little and .5 mg. of Klonopin helps a lot, but doctor wants me off it. Are there other treatments that work for this? Symptoms are no heartburn at all, no problems with food, breathing difficulties, and lump in throat. Occasionally, cords bowed over. Happens every day.

Melissa Kim, M.S., CCC-SLP writes... 

It sounds as though your treatment plan is appropriate, as the typical treatment for Paradoxical Vocal Fold Motion, sometimes referred to as "vocal cord dysfunction," addresses any underlying cause (e.g., anxiety, reflux) in addition to respiratory re-training with a speech pathologist experienced in treating this disorder. 

If the current management strategies have not successfully addressed your symptoms, however, then I would suggest that you seek out another opinion.

Good luck to you!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Speech and Language Services

Our pediatric speech-language pathologists at the Milton J. Dance Jr. Head and Neck Center evaluate and treat children of all ages who have difficulty communicating.


Children who need help with their speech development may be hard to understand. They may have trouble saying sounds and words correctly or may not be speaking at all. At our Center pediatric speech pathologists specialize in helping children with a variety of speech problems including: articulation difficulty, apraxia of speech, phonological processing disorders, stuttering, voice disorders, and speech-resonance issues associated with cleft lip and palate.


Children who need help with language development may struggle with understanding spoken or written information such as directions, questions, and stories (receptive language). They may have trouble using words or symbols to communicate, using correct grammar, or may not speak at all (expressive language). Children with language disorders or delays may also have trouble with social communication (pragmatics) and have trouble interacting with others, making proper eye contact, or staying on topic. Our pediatric speech-language pathologists specialize in helping children who have language difficulty due to these communication barriers.